Sometimes roofing installation jobs take longer than planned. There are unexpected things that can happen during the roofing process that make a job take longer. For instance, your roofer may discover some rotten boards that they need to replace, or they may have to add a vent they did not account for previously. There's not much you can do about these surprise changes. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure your roofers finish on time — or at least in as timely a manner as possible.
Clear space for them to park.
Roofers typically bring at least one or two large trucks with them. Plus, there may be a dumpster that they use to collect trash. You can prepare in advance by clearing some room for these items prior to your roofers' arrival. Park your car down the street or in a neighbor's driveway. Move your patio furniture so they can put the dumpster down on a better spot, and so forth. If your movers can pull in and get right to work, they're more likely to finish on time.
Choose your materials ASAP.
When you decide to hire a particular roofer, they will typically reach out to you and make a few suggestions for roof materials. It will be up to you to choose the one you like best. Try to do this in a timely manner. This is not to say you need to rush and choose a material before giving it proper thought, but you should not dilly-dally, either. The sooner you choose a material, the sooner your roofers can order it, and the sooner the work can get done.
Stay out of their way.
Tell your roofers how to find you or how to reach you if they have any questions while they are working. And then get out of their way. It can be tempting to ask questions and offer to help, but having to stop and answer your questions will just slow the roofers down. If you do want to know more about what they are doing, make a note of your questions and ask them after the project is complete, while you're wrapping things up.
Sometimes roofers don't finish on time for reasons beyond their control. But if you follow the tips above, you will at least minimize the chances of this happening with your roof job. Prepare for their equipment, choose your materials promptly, and stay out of your roofers' way.