Becoming a new homeowner is exciting no matter what age you are. We all say, there’s no place like home, as they provide us with security and comfort, however, a home can sometimes be stressful and problematic.
Before you had purchased the home you may have had an inspection inside and outside to help decipher which areas may need work or maintenance. The roof is usually an item on this list that gets pushed down to the bottom and listed as low priority, however, your roof is an asset of your home that you should always prioritise.
Believe it or not, your roof is as important as the structural parts of your home and needs regular care and maintenance to get the best life out of it. It is a good idea to have your roof professionally appraised each year. Hyspec Constructions & Roofing are professional roofers with years of experience in residential and commercial roofing. If you’d like a new roof, a roof replacement from tiled to metal sheet roofing, or to just have a chat about roofing options please don’t hesitate to Contact us now!
In the long run this will help you avoid costly repairs, however, with our handy tips you can become your own roof doctor. Below are some simple roofing tips so you can keep your roof in the best condition!
Spring Clean Your Roof!
Spring cleaning is not just confined to the inside of your home! Your roof also needs to be spring cleaned. Ensuring that your roof is clear of debris, leaves and twigs is essential!
Cleaning your roof is vital. If the pitch on your roof is flat enough you could potentially clean your roof in a safe and precise manner, always keep in mind that your roof is actually quite higher than you think! When your roof is damp or wet it can be extremely slippery. If you are attempting at moving debris or plant material from your roof, you should always make sure it is dry. When removing plant material from your roof, remember to sweep in a downward motion and ensure that you are attached securely to your ladder or scaffolding.
Clear Your Gutters!
Overflowing or full gutters are the main cause of leaks and roof damage. Regularly cleaning your gutters is important (especially during Autumn) to help maintain the longevity of your roof. If your gutters remain full they eventually will end up pulling away from your home and in the long run this will lead to water leaking into your foundations, causing expensive structural damage! If your roof has a high pitch or your are physically unable to clean your roof it may be worth the time and money by hiring a roofing specialist to assess your roof and ensure that it is nice and clean!
Roof Mould, Moss & Algae
Mould, Moss and Algae are common types of debris that you may find growing on your roof. If these are not removed from your roof they will shorten the life of your roof and will allow water to sit and pool, which will cause further issues.
You should never use a high pressure hose on your roof as it can damage the fragile shingles. Instead you can remove mould, moss and algae from your roof using these steps:
1. Firstly make sure you are wearing the appropriate safety gear: a thick pair of rubber gloves, a respirator or breathing mask and some goggles to protect your eyes. This is important as the chemicals being used can irritate both your airways and your eyes. You should also wear protective clothing including a long sleeve shirt and long pants to protect your skin from coming into contact with harsh chemicals. You should also wear a pair of slip resistant boots to provide you with traction when walking on the slippery surface of your roof.
2. Ensure surrounding plants and vegetation are covered or sprayed down with water. The runoff from the chemicals applied to the roof can damage the health of the plants. You can cover them with a tarp or, using your garden hose, hosing them down to prevent the chemicals from sticking.
3. When setting up your ladder it’s important to choose an area on a solid surface, such as concrete or an area of dirt or grass, as long as the area is level. You want to place your ladder in an area where you have direct access to the roof with no obstructions in the way. Remember to climb each rung of the ladder slowly until you can transition to the roof, if possible it is a good idea to have someone hold the ladder while you make your way up the ladder.
4. When you are on the roof you should always move with care. Angled roofs are actually steeper than they appear to be and it is vital that you watch where you step at all times. When moving around on the roof watch where you place your feet and refrain from putting your full weight down until you are sure that your footing is secure. If care is not taken properly, the smallest misjudgement could result in a. fall.
1. Using a long-handled brush scrub away the thickest buildup of the debris. You want to scour the surface to loosen up the debris while it is dry and frail. Remember to wear your respirator during this step to refrain from breathing in the airborne particles.
2. Now it is time to create your cleaning solution. When dealing with mould and various types of debris, it is usually best to use a strong chemical agent such as chlorine bleach. You can easily make your own simple cleaner by mixing 1 litre of bleach, 3.5 litres of water and 1/4 cup of trisodium phosphate (TSP). The chlorine will kill the mould-causing bacteria and the TSP will aid to remove the stains and discolouration. For the best coverage use a pump sprayer to distribute the cleaning solution. Remember that you should never combine bleach with any products containing ammonia. This mixture can create a toxic chlorine gas, which can be very harmful to inhale.
3. When spraying the cleaning solution it is important to spray the whole roof thoroughly. The best way to approach this is to start on the lowest point of your roof and then working your way up to the higher parts of the roof. This ensures that the solution will not drain in your direction. Keep spraying until you notice the runoff. Now let the solution sit for 15-20 mines to soak in and kill the debris. Keep in mind the best time to clean your roof is on a cloudy or cooler day, so that the solution won’t evaporate before it has had the chance to do its job.
4. Now it is time to rinse your roof. Empty your spray bottle and re fill with fresh water or use a hose to sweep the stream of fresh water over the areas you applied the solution. It is important to rinse thoroughly, as any remaining chemicals can cause permanent damage or discolouration to your roof.
Inspect The Inside Of Your Roof!
Once you have carefully inspected the outside of your roof, you should make sure to check the inside of your roof too. If the roof has any leaks or damage, usually the easiest way to check is from the interior. You can do this by checking your attic for any signs of water damage, the odour of mildew or mould and any noticeable signs of light from any small holes in your roof. This is a task that you should check off every couple of months.
Check The Chimney!
One of the most troubled areas of a roof is the chimney. If your home has a chimney then make sure you carefully check the chimney and the flashing around it. You should make sure this area of flashing or shingles are tightly pressed up against the chimney. This secure placement ensures that the area is waterproof.
Look For Flaws.
When inspecting your roof it may be a good idea to use a pair of binoculars to help you detect small areas if defect. Your ant to be looking out for protruding nails, damage to the surface or shingles that are bald.
An important part of being a homeowner is keeping your roof in mind as the quality of the outside of your home is just as important as the inside. This doesn’t have to be a daunting or stressful task! Simply put in your calendar to check your roof every few months using these handy tips. If deciding to maintain the health of your roof yourself, always make sure to take all the safety precautions needed.
About Hyspec Constructions & Roofing
At Hyspec Constructions & Roofing, we are professional roofers who take every measure to ensure your 100% satisfied with your new roof or roof replacement. We work all over Sydney and the Sutherland Shire and know that every family has a different wants and needs. We will always give you the best advise based on your personal circumstances and always look for ways that can help you save. Through experience we’ve found that the clients who choose to increase the value of their home within a manageable budget are far happier and comfortable with the their choice!
- Posted by Hyspec Constructions and Roofing
- On May 15, 2020