When you bought your new home, you had the roof inspected. That was the last time you thought about your roof. However, you just looked in your yard and found roofing shingles on the ground. With fear in your heart, you look up and notice a few bald spots on your roof. You also notice an area that has a significant amount of leaves and debris. You realize that you've been neglecting your roof, so you're going to have to spend the day taking care of it. Here's a step-by-step guide to repair your roof.
Replacing Damaged Shingles
The first thing you're going to do is count the number of missing or damaged shingles you have. This will prevent you from having to go up and down the ladder for additional supplies. Once you know how many shingles you need to replace, you'll be ready to go.
Supplies You'll Need
- Replacement shingles
- Roofing cement
- Roofing nails
- Small broom
- Skid-resistant shoes
- Put on your skid resistant shoes before climbing on your roof.
- Remove the damaged shingles and use your broom to sweep away the dirt.
- Pull the surrounding shingles back to expose the space for the new shingle.
- Apply a thin layer of roofing cement and lay your new shingle down.
- Press firmly on the shingle to secure the glue.
- Use your hammer to place two or three roofing nails along the top edge of the new shingle.
- Lay the surrounding shingles back down and place a new nail in each shingle to secure them to the new one.
- Repeat the process until you've replaced all of your missing or damaged shingles.
Removing Leaves And Debris
Leaves and debris can be your roof's biggest enemy, especially if they're allowed to remain there for too long. The heat and moisture that can build up underneath the pile can lead to mold growth. Use a broom to sweep away all the leaves and debris. Once the debris is gone, you'll be ready to clean the roof, as needed.
Cleaning Up The Mold
If you find mold growth, you're going to want to get rid of it as soon as possible. The mold can grow all the way through the roof and into your home, where it can pose a health risk for you and your family.
Supplies You'll Need
- Skid resistant shoes
- Garden sprayer
- Wire Brush
- Garden hose
- Put your skid resistant shoes on.
- Fill your garden sprayer with water and add about 2 cups of bleach.
- Bring your garden sprayer and your hose onto the roof with you.
- Beginning from the bottom edge of your roof and working up, spray the first moldy area with the bleach solution and brush it with your broom.
- Leave it to sit for about 2 minutes.
- Rinse the area with your hose.
- If mold is still present, spray it again and scrub it with your wire brush.
- Rinse with fresh water and move on to the next area.
- Continue the process until all the mold has been removed from your roof.
Keeping your roof in good condition is an important part of home maintenance. Be sure to inspect your roof at least once every six months. This guide will help you take care of the maintenance and simple repairs that your roof will need.
If you don't feel comfortable climbing onto your roof to take care of maintenance yourself, contact a professional like Homestead Roofing Co for help.