It’s unfortunate how rarely roofing companies consider family pets. So 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 reviews for the local pet-friendly roofer on Yelp. 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. Don’t be shy about asking if your contractor is a pet-friendly roofer
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.
If you’re not sure whether or not you have a truly pet-friendly roofer on the job, you’ll probably want to limit outside time. Closer supervision over your pets, while they are outside, is advisable. Consider taking your little friend for a walk while the roofing 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. GPro Exteriors is on a mission to be the go-to pet-friendly roofer in the Midwest. We recently began offering our Columbus and Detroit area customers overnight pet hotel stays for up to two family pets. 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. When a roof is in bad shape it 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.