Do Roofers Need to Come into My Home?

This is a question I’ve heard many times since being in the roofing industry and to be honest, the answer will vary depending on the roofing job and the scope of what roofing work is being completed.

Check out the article below for more information where I’ve provided scenarios of when a roofer should or shouldn’t have the need to enter your home.

Jobs that may require your roofing contractor to enter your home

Most often than not, roofing contractors do not need to come inside your house, however, there are some occasions where they will need to.  These include, though not limited to:

  • If there is damage to the ceiling or the attic which requires repair then roofing contractors will need to come inside the house to inspect the damage;
  • to inspect or install the likes of skylights or ventilation systems;
  • To go up into the roof space to connect exhaust fans or other ventilation devices to roof flues;
  • to install additional roofing straps within the wall cavity when switching from a tiled roof to a metal roof;
  • leak detection as your roofing contractor may need to go up through the manhole to trace the link within the roof space.

Jobs that do not require your roofing contractor to enter your home

roof plumbers on roof

Below is a list of roofing jobs by where your roofing contractor shouldn’t need to enter your home;

  • Gutter installation, repairs and/or replacement;
  • Installation of new metal roofs; (apart from switching from a tiled roof to a metal roof which is likely to require access);
  • Installation of tiled roofs;
  • Repairs to metal roofs sheets, roof tiles, roof ridges, or ridge caps;
  • Downpipe repairs or installation;
  • Gutter overflow spout installation;

If in doubt…

If you’re unsure whether your roofing contractor requires access to your home, it’s always best to have a discussion with them prior to him/her being onsite.

However, when discussing with your contractor you can keep the above reasons for entry in mind and if something doesn’t feel right then be sure to ask further questions as to why such access is needed.

See also: Questions to ask your Roofing Contractor


I hope you found this article of some use.  If you have additional roofing questions, check out the “roofing” section of the website for more information.

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