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Do you like to save money? Are you a hands on kind of person? Then chances are you have taken care of more than a couple at-home tasks already. This can be a great thing. Do it yourself projects allow homeowners to really focus on improving their space. They can even give you a creative outlet. There are so many ways to spruce up your home, from your décor options to safety and maintenance. For instance, even your roofing system can become a successful DIY project. Has there been a leak? Does it need a small fix? You could be the one to handle those repairs and make your roof strong and sturdy once more. Before you do.... here are 3 roofing tips to remember before you start your next DIY project.
As with any do it yourself task, the most important thing to do is think about safety. It doesn't matter if you are doing something simple like re-painting the trim in your bedroom or climbing up on your rooftop. Safety should always be your number one priority. You don't want to try and save money - only to wind up hurting yourself in the process. Make sure you do things right. Don't rush onto the roof to fix a leak in the middle of a rainstorm. Even something like a temporary fix can be dangerous if the weather conditions are poor. Take your time and be as careful as possible. Wait until the weather is mild and your roof is not wet, slippery, or icy. Other safety precautions to keep in mind include: using a harness, having a friend or family member on hand, carrying up roofing materials in small batches, and wearing rubber soled shoes to avoid slipping or falling.
You may be climbing up to fix one particular problem. That could be a roof leak (which is the most common of all roofing problems), a missing or torn shingle, or improperly installed roofing materials. Rather than focus on the problem area and only the problem area - look around. Inspect all of your roofing materials. That includes shingles or tiles, any new materials you plan to use on your roof, flashing, shingle nails, ridge cap shingles, and more. Anything and everything that is visible to you should be inspected. This is important, as nails that have been installed too low will eventually start to push back up. That can cause leaks to occur or shingles to fall off. You may also find that there is a crack or facture in some of your current roofing materials. Being aware before you to get to work will ensure that every aspect of your roofing system is safe.
In order to perform a quality DIY project on your roof, make sure you understand the ins and outs of your roof first. That doesn't just include the visible roofing materials. It means understanding the make up of your roof. Do you have water and ice protectors underneath your shingles? How about underlayings or insulation? And do you know what those things really means? You need know everything from the quality of the underlayment between the shingles and sheathing to knowing whether flashing seals are in good working condition. Every aspect of your roof matters...and the more you know, the easier it will be for you to handle any do it yourself tasks that crop up. From venting to gutters, get to know your roof before you get up there.
Take care of your home with a little personal attention. It can go a long way when improving the safety and security of your roofing system. Now that you have these DIY roofing tips to work with, you - and your roof - will be ready for anything.
Joe Davis understands the importance of DIY roofing tips. He has experience bringing both residential and commercial roofing products to customers all over the country. In the last few years, he has been working successfully with IKO Shingles.
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