It’s unfortunate how rarely roofing companies consider the question, because it bears asking: How does a responsible dog or cat owner keep their pets safe during a big roof repair job? While 67% of homes in the U.S. include a pet, good luck finding Yelp reviews for pet friendliness on your average roof repair company. This leaves a lot of families having to ask the question for themselves. When I find a roofing contractor I like, what can I do to make sure my pets are taken care of?
1. Ask if your local roofers have a pet policy
Not all roofing companies are going to have a dedicated policy around pets on the job site. Still, if you bring it up, they may be willing to pay extra attention. If your dog or cat is extra sensitive to noise, it may be worth asking what kind of equipment the crew will be using and how loud they anticipate the work being.
You’ll probably want to limit outside time. Closer supervision over your pets while they are outside is advisable. If the usual order of business is to just open the door and let them go, think about taking your little friend for a walk while the contractors are working instead.
2. See if friends or family can watch your pets
The old tried and true method for pet care. If your four-legged companion doesn’t do so well with added activity and commotion around the house, why not see if someone’s willing to take care of the little guy or gal for a while? This may be a perfect solution in the event of a quick roof repair.
If you Fido’s not going to handle a bunch of roofers on the property and the friend fix isn’t going to cut it either, we really recommend the third option.
3. Consider pet boarding for 100% safety
Of course, a surefire way to be certain your pets are safe and happy is to send them to a professional boarding service. It’s the answer we ultimately advise at GPro Exteriors. So what? I’m getting a new roof AND I have to pay for pet boarding now too? Well, not necessarily. We recently began offering overnight pet hotel stays for up to two family pets for our Columbus and Detroit customers. It’s a free service we offer to provide some extra peace of mind to what we understand can be a jarring process.
Some pets can’t stand to part with their people and vice-versa. We understand that too. Our team of roofers uses special equipment to maintain pet-friendly, pet-conscious, and pet-safe yards while we’re working on your premises and after we finish the job. If you’re in the Columbus or Detroit metropolitan or outlying areas, give us a call.
When you need a new roof, you need a new roof. We don’t advise putting this off too long. You may be able to get away with waiting on gutters for another few months, but if a roof is in bad shape that can be a safety issue. It’s time to get it fixed. If you’re worried about your new roof cost coupled with the stress and potential added expense of taking care of your pets through it, you do have options. If you’re living in the Greater Columbus or Detroit areas, call us up for a free virtual quote (we’ll send out our company drone!) and of course, ask about our free pet boarding services. We’re pretty proud to be able to offer the service. Otherwise, while it may take a little extra work, there are ways to ensure your pets remain just as safe and happy as ever while you’re securing a strong roof over their heads for years to come.