Your roof is your house’s first line of defence against the harsh weather elements. It gives you shade and protection from the sun, the rain, the wind and much more. It is, therefore, important to take good care of the roof of your house if you want it to last a long time.
Here are some suggestions for an effective roof cleaning activity.
Check ridges, but be safe
Ridges are the highest points on your roof. It is unfortunately also the most vulnerable places for leaks and rusting. When you attempt to clean the ridges, make sure to take safety precautions, like wearing the proper footwear or setting up a harness system, so you will not fall off.
Also, since roofs are the most likely places for pieces of nails and sharp objects, make sure you make a magnet sweep first before starting cleaning just for extra precaution. This is true for roofs of patio extensions structures in Brisbane.
Keep the gutters clean
When was the last time you cleaned the gutters of your roof? This is one of the areas in your roof that you seldom clean. Clogged gutters can trap water in rainy season. It might surprise you to realise that when leaves pile into your gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and in turn rot your roof rafters.
Make it a habit to clean your gutters to prevent unnecessary repairs in the future.
Shingles over shingles a no-no
It is not advisable to put shingles on top of existing shingles. You better replace old ones if they are broken or damaged. Although it is easier, laying shingles on top of the old ones would only work to damage your roof in the long run as it adds excess weight.
The cost of re-roofing is not cheap, and you may not have the resources to have one done. In the meantime, clean your roof thoroughly to avoid a situation where your only choice is a re-roof.