You certainly know that having a good roof will ensure you plenty of comfort for you and your family. There are different things that can lead to roof damage, and one of the factors is the time and the lifespan of the roof.
Each material has its qualities, and when you have a certain type of roof, you need to check it for damage at least once a year. It’s easy to do it, and it will take you less than an hour. If you don’t feel up to this task, you can call a professional to do it for you.
We’ve made a short list with the steps you can take to make sure you have a proper roof.
Home Roof Inspection
You need to check your roof at least twice a year, especially when the seasons change. You can call a roof contractor to inspect the roof, and, in exchange, you will receive an official certificate about the condition of the roof. That written piece of paper will contain every details you need to know about potential damage, lifespan or any other detail that might interest you.
You will also receive a list with the needed materials for the repairs, if there are any that need to be done.
This is something that you can do in the course of a day. It will take you only a few hours to complete this task and you will also save some money.
All you will need is a ladder and the willingness to do it. To reach the gutters, you need to step high on the ladder until those are within easy reach. Cleaning the gutters will make sure that there are no debris gathered there and the water can freely pass.
The gutters are the first barrier for the water – they make sure that the water doesn’t fall directly on your walls, wetting them or damaging them, also protecting the foundation of the house.
If you have any trees around the house, it’s better if you can cut the branches. If the branches are big enough to touch the roof, if there is a storm, they can damage it. Cutting the bigger branches will prevent the roof from taking any damage. The weather damage is enough for the roof, so it doesn’t have to stand also the damage made from a bigger branch or branches. Trimming them is the easiest solution, without cutting the whole tree.
This is another portion that you have to check. The attic is a place that you usually don’t use, so make sure it is dry and with no water spots. If the roof took any damage from a storm or simply as a result of the passing time, the attic will show you those things.
Make sure you follow closely the isolation and see if there is any breaking point where water can get in. Also, if you have windows or illuminators installed in the attic, make sure that there is no water damage around them.
If you see water anywhere or if there are water stains or mold, you need to check the roof to see where the problem is.
A Roofing Contractor
Once you have finished with the visual inspection on the outside, and with the attic inspection on the inside, it’s time to call for a roofing contractor, especially if you have discovered some problems.
This is different from the home roof inspection, as these are the professionals who will actually make the repairs. When you call them, make sure you have the written document from the home roof inspectors, and you also have a list with the rest of the problems that you have discovered by yourself.
The roofing contractor will give you a price estimation and you will have to decide which one to hire – that’s why it’s best to call at least 3 different roofing contractors to evaluate the site.
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Shopping List for How to Install Roof Shingles:
– 8-inch aluminum drip edge
– 1 1/4-inch galvanized roofing nails
– 30-lb. asphalt roofing felt paper
– 3-tab shingles
Tools List for How to Install Roof Shingles:
– Chalk line
– Tape measure
– Rafter square
– Utility knife
Steps for How to Install Roof Shingles:
1. These project guidelines are for low roofs that allow easy access, such as those on porches, sheds, or doghouses. For larger roofs, hiring a professional roofing crew with proper fall protection is advised.
2. Line up aluminum drip edge flush with the edge of the roof and make a pencil line at the top on each end of the house.
3. Using the chalk line, snap a line between the two marks to get a straight edge.
4. Pull the drip edge down about a half-inch from that line to create a gap between the drip edge and the fascia board.
5. Nail the drip edge in place using 1 1/4-inch galvanized roofing nails and a hammer.
6. Repeat steps for gabled ends, installing the drip edge up the roof along the gable.
7. Lay out 30-lb. asphalt roofing felt paper and nail it in place using 1 1/4-inch galvanized roofing nails.
8. To lay out the design for the shingles, begin at the bottom of the roof and place a tape measure 1/2 inch from the edge of the roof to ensure the shingles overhang the drip edge.
9. Mark 12 inches up on the roof for the first course of shingles, then mark every 5 inches all the way up the roof to set your reveal. Do this on both sides of the roof.
10. Using the chalk line, snap a straight line on each 5-inch increment.
11. Use the chalk line to snap a straight line vertically every 6 inches.
12. Install a starter course by cutting off the three tabs on a shingle, leaving only the top tar section.
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