Home Maintenance Begins On The Roof: 3 Ways To Keep Your Roof In Tip-Top Shape

Posted on: 15 July 2015

When it comes to maintaining your home, the best place to start is at the top, especially if you live in a region that experiences heavy rainfall. Rain water can cause extensive damage to your home including mold growth, roof damage and even basement flooding. Here is a step-by-step guide for maintaining your roof.

Repair Damaged Shingles

If you have damaged shingles on your roof, you need to replace them as soon as possible. Damaged shingles are more than just an eyesore. They're a danger to your home. Just a small tear or crack can allow water to seep under the shingles.

Once the wood substructure of the roof is wet, you may begin to notice water marks on your ceiling. You may also notice a strong mold scent in your home. Replacing damaged shingles is an easy process that can be done in just a few minutes.

Directions

  1. Use a ladder to climb onto your roof.

  2. Carefully lift up the edges of the shingles that are surrounding the damaged one.

  3. Use a hand-held roof scraper to remove the damaged shingle.

  4. Apply a thin layer of roofing cement and set the new shingle down on the cement.

  5. Press firmly to secure the shingle.

  6. Apply a thin layer of roofing cement around the outer edge of the shingle.

  7. Replace the surrounding shingles and press firmly to secure them to the cement.

  8. Inspect your roof after each heavy rainstorm to prevent further water damage.

Remove the Mold

While you're on the roof replacing your shingles, you should looks for signs of mold growth. Mold is most often found in shady areas or under piles of leaves and debris. If you find mold, you should clean your roof immediately to prevent damage. Simply spray the mold with a solution of equal parts water and bleach, then rinse the roof with water to wash the mold away.

Clean and Repair Your Gutters

If you haven't inspected your gutters in a while, they may be filled with dirt. Unfortunately, that dirt could be hiding damage that you'll need to repair. Damaged rain gutters can cause flooding around the foundation of your home. Here's some simple instructions for cleaning and repairing your gutters.

Directions

  1. Climb on a ladder for easier access to your gutters.

  2. Use a whisk broom to sweep away the leaves that might be in the gutters.

  3. Place a high pressure nozzle on your garden hose and wash the inside of the gutters.

  4. Continue rinsing your gutters until all the dirt is removed.

  5. Use a paintbrush to apply a layer of roofing cement over any damage you may find.

  6. Place a thin layer of aluminum foil over the cement and press down firmly to remove any air pockets.

  7. Apply a second layer of roofing cement over the foil and allow it to dry.

To protect your home from water damage caused by heavy rains, you need to keep your roof well-maintained. These instructions will help you keep your roof in tip-top shape. For more information on keeping your roof in the best possible repair, contact a professional like those at Save On Roofing.

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