10 Things To Watch Out When You Are Trying To Fix Your Roof

 

  • Don’t try to fix any roof when the weather conditions are poor. If your roof is slippery and wet, you may fall, causing bad injuries or perhaps death. If you are performing your own roof repair, only work when conditions are sunny and dry.
  • When using a ladder to climb onto your roof, make sure you securely tie the top of the ladder to the roof with a rope attached to an anchor or a gutter hanger and it should be extended 3 ft above the roof line to allow mounting and dismounting from the ladder.  This is to avoid the ladder from blowing or sliding over when you are up and above. In the event that you have to place it on the grass or soil, dig small pits in the earth in order to steady it.
  • Never use bleach to clean your roof. While bleach is something that is very effective at cleaning many areas of your home,it should never be used to clean your roof. This is because the chemicals found in bleach are corrosive, and they may cause a lot of damage to the roofing materials.
  • While you may only see problems with your roof in the valleys on top of your home, this is one way in which your roof will beg for replacement. These are “high traffic” areas for water, so damage will almost always begin here first. Once it starts, it is time to replace your roof.
  • If you want to replace your roof, think about using a green alternative for material. Recycled roofing material, composed of used rubber and plastic, not only saves money but serves the environment. Solar panels are another option, as they can also reduce energy costs. They can also create a tax credit for homeowners.
  • Roof foundations may be the cause of your leaks so don’t only assume it is the shingles. Water could be seeping in from somewhere else, such as dry-rotted siding or gaps along windows or doors. Look at every entry point, even rotten wood, to see if the problem can be solved for good.
  • Just like most projects, roofing requires you to have a clean surface to work on. The sheathing also has to be perfectly flat,so if you see any warping, replace it. Lastly, every last nail has to be removed to ensure it doesn’t affect the new roof once installed, causing problems.
  • If you are trying to replace or repair a roof on your own, always take precautions. Make sure to wear rubber soled shoes that grip and consider using a harness too. In addition, ask a buddy to remain on the ground in case you need help. Working on a roof requires standing in uneven ways and moving around far above ground, so these precautions are necessary.
  • If you are not sure of what you are doing or doubting your capability to get the job done properly, please hire a professional roofer. It is definitely not worth crippling yourself over saving some money.  The medical bill may cause more than the cost of replacing the roof itself.
  • You should never climb on your roof and try finding damaged areas yourself. If you feel there might be a problem, then you need to hire a professional to look at it for you. The roof may cave in, which could cause serious injury.