As the time of year approaches for a visit by a jolly old elf and his trusty reindeer, you might consider the condition of your roof. Most people don't even think about their roof until raindrops keep falling on their head even though they are inside their home.
Unless you don't mind being the most hated person in the world, you should inspect your roof before Santa has a mishap and you are to blame for Christmas being cancelled.
What should you look for when inspecting your roof?
There are several things that could pose a potential hazard for rooftop visitors as well as compromise the integrity of your roof, causing leaks or structural damage to occur.
if your home has a flat roof and you notice puddled water, your roof may have a low spot caused by water that has seeped into a hole in the roof's surface and has caused the plywood structure to begin to deteriorate.
If there is no inside leak, it is likely that the wooden structure has not been fully compromised, so you can seal the hole and fill in the depressed area of the roof using roofing cement.
Roofing cement is a thick, tar-like material that is used for sealing roof leaks. It can be bought in one or five gallon cans, and applied with a stiff-bristled brush with a long broom handle.
You can apply roofing cement to a depression in the roof while it is wet, but all standing water must first be removed, either by pushing it out with a broom or using a wet vacuum. If you use a wet vac and the puddle is substantial, empty it periodically because water can get heavy.
Apply roofing cement in a thicker coat at the point where the pooled water was deepest. This is the lowest point in the roof depression and the likely location of the hole in the roof. Apply gradually thinner layers as you move away from the center of the depression until the cement is even with the roof surface.
Popped up or missing roofing nails
Roofing nails will often "pop up" and protrude from the roof because of temperature changes which cause the surface to expand and contract. These nails can cause leaks to develop, as well as cause damage to reindeer paws and a portly elf's feet.
Protruding nails should be hammered in place and covered with a dab of roofing cement, which will secure the nail and prevent leaks. Missing nails should be replaced and given the same treatment with a small amount of roofing cement.
Broken roof tiles should be replaced, and loose tiles secured. Tile damage will not only result in eventual leaks, but also cause your roof to become an unwanted slip and slide for a very busy and distracted Santa.
Give a gift to yourself. Check your roof before trouble occurs. If you discover any issues, contact a roofing company like Affordable Roofing & Gutters to fix them.
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