House roofs require regular maintenance to last longer. The maintenance consists of leak, cracks, dirt, and debris inspection. Checking whether there are broken roofs or not is also important. Cracked roofs can leak water during the rainy weather, which will damage the ceiling if ignored. Accumulated water creates dampness, and it will lead to the festering termite and mold manifestation.
Doing roof maintenance, however, cannot be done recklessly. For a first-timer, the act can even be dangerous. The safest way to do the checking-up is by contacting expert roof service. They will check your roof condition professionally and give you an easy solution if there is any replacement or repair needed. But it is also alright to do the roof maintenance by yourself because it can save more money and improve your knowledge about house maintenance. Below is the guide for you to safely perform roof maintenance by yourself.
Making a check-list of the required tools
Every roofer, whether professional or not, must have these tools in their inventory: a roofing nailer, a hammer, a shingle remover, a hammer tracker, and a ladder. Put them on your list and always check their availability anytime you go up to the roofs.
Making a check-list of what to do
Bring this list until you get to the roofs, and always check every single task you have on this list before starting the maintenance.
Once you are up on the roofs, you should check:
- Cracked roofs
Cracked roofs are always the major reason for water leaking. Roofs do not need to get stepped on or impacted by a heavy object to crack. Age and weather alone are enough to bring an end to a shingle.
- Defective shingles
Defective shingles still can be repaired or replaced based on its material. Asphalt shingles can easily be replaced, while wood or clay shingle can be renewed by applying sealant.
- Missing shingles
After heavy rains or strong wind, your roofs might not have stood a chance. If you live in an area with common extreme weather, you should perform the roof maintenance at least once in six months, or after every severe weather event. Replace the missing shingles to get better protection.
- The roof gutter
The roof gutter can be clogged with both organic and inorganic waste. Dried leafs, a dead mouse, or lumps of molds are the potential cloggers. Plastic bags or other unlikely synthetic wastes might also clog the roof gutter but only if they are brought by strong wind or a storm.
- Organism manifestation
Organism manifestation that can destroy your ceiling is, of course, termite manifestation. Look for the sign if there are sandy debris near any wood-made structure. Other organism manifestations to look for are the wasp nets and beehives. They might not destroy the house but are potentially harmful to the people in the house.
Falling from the roof can be fatal. You must have all the necessary safety equipment, such as helmet, gloves, and roofer boots.
Roofer boots should withstand slippery surface and has a safety feature that can prevent injury from falling stuff. Gloves that give good friction will allow you to have better grips with your tools and with the ladder. The helmet can protect your head if you fall from the roof and provide protection in case your head hits something.
Prefer to buy a good roofer ladder. It may cost you more, but it can give you farther reach and the durability. When the roof inspection is still difficult to perform with ladder, consider buying the ladder that has a safety bracket.