A roof needs regular maintenance to last. This will also help you avoid renovating it, which requires a considerable budget. You can do the roof treatment yourself. Herer are some tips to help you out!
Get the Right Equipment
Before starting the work, you must be well equipped, especially since you will be working at height. You must have :
- a ladder;
- a high-pressure cleaner;
- a sprayer;
- rollers ;
- a safety harness;
- a mask;
- a pair of non-slip boots;
- a pair of safety glasses;
- a pair of protective gloves;
- an anti-foam (20 liter can for 100 m²);
- a water repellent (20 liter can for 80 m²).
Prevent the Appearance of Moss
Your tiles can become porous and crack due to moss, algae, and lichen. To prevent this from happening, copper wire should be installed at each end of the ridge tiles. The copper will cover the roof with verdigris to prevent these plants from surviving.
Over the years, if you have not been able to prevent these plants from growing, it is essential to remove them. You can use a stiff brush and water to scrub them off. Then rinse the roof thoroughly from top to bottom. You can also opt for an ecological method using elbow grease: scrape off the moss with a scraper. If you are having trouble removing moss from your roof, you should call in specialists in roof moss removal.
After removing the moss, you need to apply an anti-moss product or/and algaecide to your roof to protect it and make it look new. Apply the product from the ridge to the gutter.
Clean the Gutters
First, remove any foreign matter from the gutters, so the downspout is not clogged, then rinse. Finally, open the manhole and make sure it is clean.
During the cleaning process, the materials may crack. This will ensure that the roof remains watertight. To identify other possible causes of water infiltration, emergency intervention by a roofer is highly recommended.
Proceed With Waterproofing
Waterproofing consists of protecting the roof from the effects of the weather by making it waterproof and smooth. You can choose between a film-forming water repellent to prevent air and water penetration and a water repellent with a permeating effect that infiltrates the materials to be protected. Spray the product on the roof in two stages with an interval of no more than one hour. Be sure not to spray too much of the product, as this can leave streaks. Finally, let it sit for 24 hours before rinsing.
Redo the Color
There may be some contrast in the color of the roof, as the most exposed area often fades first. You can use waterproofing to repaint your roof by adding colorant to the waterproofing product. Alternatively, you can opt for conventional paint once the treatment is complete.