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5 DIY Roof Maintenance & Repair Issues

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Most homeowners immediately contact a roofing contractor for roof repair and maintenance issues. While a roofing contractor can do the work, there are some maintenance and repair tasks you can easily and safely complete yourself. Remember to use a safety harness when you're working on roof projects.

1. Repair and Inspection

Begin by inspecting the ceiling of your home as well as the attic for evidence of leaks, such as water stains or areas of discoloration or mold. Inspect the roof for torn, loose, or missing shingles; shingles that look worn, cracked, or peeling; mold or moss; and loose or missing flashing, bolts, or nails. You can secure or replace flashing, bolts or nails, but if many shingles look worn, it may be a sign that replacement is necessary. New asphalt shingles have a protective coating on them that wears off over time. Contact a professional roofer for a detailed inspection and estimate in this case.

2. Removal of Mold or Moss

Moss or mold removers can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Being careful to follow the product instructions as you spray the remover on the roof. Be sure to wear a protective face mask to avoid breathing in any toxic fumes. Avoid using pressure washers, as the high impact may damage your shingles. Once the recommended time has passed, simply sweep away moss and mold with a soft-bristled broom or brush.

3. Gutter and Downspout Maintenance

Gutters frequently fill with pine needles, leaves, twigs, and other debris, interrupting the flow of water and resulting in water damage to your home. Plan periodic debris removal to prevent expensive issues. Simply use a ladder and safe footwear to reach the gutters and downspouts. Don protective gloves and remove debris by hand. If you choose, you can follow up with a soft cleaning brush to remove remaining dirt.

4. Removal of Loose Debris

Perform debris removal during warm, dry weather to prevent slipping or falling. To remove debris from your roof, prop a ladder securely against the side of your home. Wear enclosed footwear with a slip-resistant sole. Scale the roof and carefully remove any debris, using protective gloves if necessary. Keeping the roof free from debris prevents long-term damage and minimizes risk.

5. Cleaning Vents and Chimneys

Finally, perform routine cleaning and maintenance on chimneys and vents. Remove any debris from your chimney and then gently clean with a chimney brush. Repair any chimney issues and seal them with a waterproof product. Finish by cleaning the vents.

Performing simple roof repair and maintenance tasks yourself can save you from costly bills in the future, but don't hesitate to call in a professional like Rippy's Roofing & Construction for more serious tasks.

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