Ottawa Roofing Contractors Go over the Tools and Steps for Two Common Roof Issues
Ottawa roofing contractors are always here to help you if and when you need it. When your roof needs some serious care, just give them a call! But depending on your skill and willingness with DIY projects, there are elements to roof care that you—yes, you!—can take care of yourself. All you need is the right tools, the right knowhow, and the right attitude. Straight from the Stittsville roofing experts, here’s a list of some of the essential tools you’ll need, how to use them, and even a few tips on what not to do.
You should inspect your roof thoroughly at least twice a year, while also checking for any immediate needs it may have every time you clean your gutters.
Damaged or Stained Shingles
You Will Need: A ladder, a safety harness, work boots with a lot of traction, a hammer, nails, extra shingles, cleaning solution and a hose in the event of stains, a friend
Safety first! Unless you can do the necessary work without leaving your ladder, always use a safety harness and appropriate footwear, and have a friend on hand to help you should you need it. A few damaged shingles are easily replaced by even the most novice of DIY homeowners. Broken, buckling, or curling shingles can expose other shingles as well as the inner layer of your roof. Hammer down loose shingles, pull away damaged ones, and replace where necessary. Stittsville roofing companies recommend keeping a few spare shingles of the kind you originally installed on hand.
If you detect stains on your roof, they may be moss (bright green and “fuzzy”) or algae (black stains). There are premade cleaning solutions for each, or you can make your own with bleach and water (10% bleach for moss, and 50% for algae). Rinse off with a hose—never use a pressure washer on your shingles! To prevent future occurrences of algae, Ottawa roofing contractors will install a copper or zinc strip at the ridge of your roof, with will coat the shingles in metal particles which kill algae with every rainfall.
You Will Need: The above safety materials, caulk, a caulking gun, and potentially new flashing/vent boots
Flashing is often made of materials like vinyl or aluminum, and is used to seal the joints in your roof and keep moisture out. A vent boot performs a similar function, sealing the space between a ventilation fan and your roofing materials. If you notice either of these coming loose, don’t worry—it’s an easy fix! Stittsville roofing experts recommend simply reattaching and resealing the material with caulk. If you notice that part of the flashing or boot is damaged or rusted, just simply replace it with a fresh one. It’s that easy!
If you get in over your head, or encounter a problem too big for even the most industrious home DIY-enthusiast, just call your trusted local Ottawa roofing contractors!