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Can You Work On Your Own Roof?

Sep 17, 2008
When do you think about your roof? When there is water discoloring your ceiling, running down the wall or causing mold to grow like made. In truth, you should be paying attention well before that happens.

A roof is an incredibly hardy piece of construction. Think about it for a minute. It bakes in the sun all day, gets dumped on with rain, whipped by wind and occasionally pounded by debris. Through all this, it manages to stay together and keep the elements out.

A roof is able to hold up under these stresses because it is well thought out. It is not just a bunch of shingles. It is a multilayered system. Each system is different, but all have a few common elements.

Think of a hull on a ship. Your roofing performs the same function. It creates a uniform barrier that produces a water tight barrier. It is usually made up of an outer area of shingle with wood and waterproofing material underneath.

Perhaps the most critical component of our upside down boat are edges and penetration points. To seal these areas, roofers use metal flashing and waterproof sealants. These essentially act like caps on a bottle of soda.

So, what can you take from this? The first rule of roof work is it is not a do it yourself area. How many of us spend part of our weekends at Home Depot? Plenty. With roofing, however, you want to leave the work to pros. If you get it wrong, it can be a disaster.

The bigger concern is the fact a roof is a collection of systems. Repairing it is rarely a case of dealing with one small point. You may have to track migrating work and such. In fact, most roof leak cases require just that.

Roof repairs can be pricey, so making sure you do some basic maintenance is vital. An hour spent now can save you a ton of money down the road. Most small fixes can be done cheaply and are fairly basic.

The initial maintenance step is easy. Walk a lap around your home looking at the roofing. If you see anything on it or tree limbs rubbing against it, get rid of them. Also, have anything that looks askew fixed. Broken shingles are the most common problem.

Cleaning your roof is the next bit of maintenance. Roofs collect dirt, dust, mold and other organic material. These can penetrate the roof material and cause problems or block natural flow lines. A good cleaning gets rid of them.

I hate cleaning gutters. You probably hate cleaning gutters. Nonetheless, gutters need to be cleaned before big storms. Stuffed up gutters result in water pooling back under the edge of roofs. This can cause severe damage to roofs and walls.

That is it. Three simple steps that can be the difference between a roof that lasts 40 years and one that has a wide variety of problems that pop up each time a storm hits. Dealing with leaks during storms is a drag, so do the maintenance.
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