Whether you are completing a honey-do list, conserving money, or have a do-it-yourself spirit, we want to help you succeed. When it comes to your roof system, we think you should entrust your projects to a professional. However, we understand that there are some projects homeowners want to tackle themselves. Here are some tricks and tip to help you.
Fall protection is crucial when doing anything pertaining to your roof. Even something that seems as simple as cleaning debris from your roof can lead to serious injury if no preventative measures are taken. Before you begin, make sure you understand proper ladder safety. Once properly prepared, you can tackle roof projects like cleaning, sheathing, unclogging downspouts, etc.
There are certain projects that are best left to trained professionals. If you notice that some of your shingles are missing, there is a leak, or damaged flashing, call the experts at Joe Hall Roofing. We have technicians that are available to help you inspect, repair, and install new roofing.
Ladder safety is important when accessing your roof. Most accidents take place when roofing a house from going up and down the ladder multiple times in a short amount of time. Tie your ladder to the roof to avoid sliding and swaying. Never use a ladder that cannot extend at least three feet above the roof edge. If you have to jump off your ladder to reach your roof, you need a longer ladder. And finally, use both hands when on the ladder.
With the proper ladder safety training, you are ready to tackle home projects. To clean your roof, a leaf blower is the best tool. Avoid sharp objects, like a rake, when cleaning, so that no damage is done. Fallen limbs should be evaluated for further damage to the roof system. As you clean, inspect the roof for missing shingles, damaged flashing, loose gutters, etc. If you find leaks or damage, stop and call a professional.
For clogged downspouts, you can try several different options. First, take a garden hose and push it down the downspout. If this doesn’t work, try using a leaf blower. The pressure of the leaf blower can help. If, however, neither of these options work, try to blow up the downspout with the leaf blower. This is a last resort as you never know what might fly out!
We understand saving money during this economy, but we know that safety is first. When doing anything pertaining to your roof, make sure to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your roof system safe and secure.