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05/09/2016
An important maintenance job you should do about once a year is waterproofing your roof. Doing so will help you prevent rainwater seeping into your home and causing damage to its structure and your belongings. To learn how you can waterproof your home, continue reading.

How to Waterproof Your Roof Expertly with Help from the Property Restoration Professionals in Tuckahoe

Get Your Tools Ready

To waterproof the roof and maintain your home effectively, you need certain tools. That's why it's a good idea to gather them and have them ready so you can go through this roof upkeep task without much hassle. For this project, you'll require the following items: a broom and a dust pan, several garbage bags, a putty knife, mortar, a primer, a sealant, a roller, clothing for the job (preferably, items you don't mind ruining), protective gear (for example, a hat, gloves, and sunglasses), a sturdy ladder (or a safe way to get to the roof), and sunblock.

Plan When You'll Do It

Something else that you'll need to ensure you waterproof your roof as successfully as possible is a sunny weekend. As you know, you can't control the weather, but you can take a look at the forecast, and select a few days when it will be sunny out to do the task in. The reason why this is so important is that the sealant requires at least a whole day in order to dry thoroughly, so be sure that it will get the chance to. If you don't, you risk having a badly waterproofed roof that won't help you keep water out of your home.

Take Certain Precautions

While this can be a relatively easy maintenance job to get through, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be extremely careful when you're doing it. For starters, when you get up on the roof, you need to make sure that the ladder you're climbing on is securely positioned, so you don't risk falling off of it (if necessary, ask a family member to hold it). Since you will be working during a sunny day, you'll also need to protect yourself from the sun. For that purpose, you should wear sunglasses, a hat, and sunblock that can keep you safe.

Clean Your Roof Thoroughly

Your roof is exposed to the elements, which is why it's not uncommon to find all kinds of gunk, trash, dirt, filth, dead leaves, and more up there. That's why, the first thing you should do as soon as you get there, is start cleaning it out. Take your broom, the dustpan, and a few trash bags, and sweep your roof clean. Then, collect all of the garbage and throw it out. Doing so will help you to have a clean roof, which may also have some effect on how effective your waterproofing job is since the sealant won't be able to grab onto it if it's dirty.

Repair the Roof

It's not uncommon for roofs to have certain cracks here and there. The problem comes when you don't take care of them in time, and they grow to become an issue. If you want to prevent needing property restoration in Tuckahoe, then you better repair those cracks, so they don't lead to water damage to your home. To do so, take the mortar, and the putty knife, and spread a thick layer of it over those cracks, to help cover them up. Remember that if you need professional restoration services, you can count on Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Tuckahoe. Call 804.282.1281 for a free estimate on property restoration in Tuckahoe.

Get the Roof Primed and Sealed!

Finally, you need to put in a real effort so that your roof is properly primed and sealed. First, you'll have to use a roller to spread all of the primer evenly over the roof. This will help the sealant be more effective in keeping your water out. Once the primer has dried for a bit, it's time to seal the roof. Again, use the roller to apply the product, but be sure to spread two thick coats of sealant throughout the whole roof. After that, let your work dry completely so that you don't have a water damage problem in your home later down the road.

For Professional Property Restoration in Tuckahoe

Trust in Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Tuckahoe to provide the restoration services your home requires in the event of a fire, flood, or other problem. Call 804.282.1281 if you would like a free estimate on property restoration in Tuckahoe.