Undertaking a DIY project is not just about saving money. Many homeowners get involved with do-it-yourself projects because they want to play an active role in the design and upkeep of their own house. Roofing issues in particular make for the most sought after DIY projects for homeowners. Whether it is as simple as fixing a leak or completely retiling the entire roof, homeowners love to tackle roofing issues by themselves. Here are 5 top tips from roofing experts that should benefit DIY homeowners.
Cut down overhanging branches
Overhanging tree branches can cause a number of problems in a roofing project. In some cases, it is the overhanging branches that cause the problem in the first place. The best thing to do before proceeding with any work is to cut down any overhanging branches. Always check the local laws and regulations before cutting down any branches, especially if the tree is on public property; even the branch encroaches into your property, you may not have the right to cut it down and may have to call the proper authorities to do it. If the tree is in your neighbour’s backyard, seek their permission first.
Keep the gutters clean during and after
Doesn’t matter how strong and sturdy the gutters are, it is not uncommon to find damaged gutters after any roofing work has been performed. In order to minimize the chance of damaging the gutters, try to keep them clean during the project itself. Do not let dirt and debris build-up in the gutters with the aim of cleaning it all up in the end; the longer debris stays in the gutters, the greater the chance of damage. Once the project is completed, do not forget to clean out the gutters one final time; even if there is no damage, you could face the frightful prospect of blacked and clogged gutters.
Check the valleys for leaks
The part of the roof where two roof planes intersect is called the valley. As far as leaking is concerned, the valleys are the most susceptible part of the roof. It is not uncommon to find that some completely unrelated roofing project has caused some damage to the valleys and resulted in a leak. As soon as you complete any roofing work, run some water down the valleys to ensure that there are no leaks present.
Don’t get sloppy
The biggest mistake DIY enthusiasts make is to get sloppy as the project nears completion. Many homeowners find themselves pumped up and rearing to start a DIY roofing project. However, the longer the work takes, the more quickly their enthusiasm fades. At such times, it is very easy to get sloppy and goof up. Always give your full attention to the work at hand. Getting sloppy will not only result in poor quality work, but can also compromise safety.
Never compromise on safety
Many homeowners think it’s alright to skimp on safety standards since they are working in their own backyard. However, safety should never be compromised for any DIY project, including those related to roofing. Always have the necessary safety gear required, including working boots, safety glasses, hardhats and work gloves.
Follow these 5 top tips from roofing experts and your next roofing project should go off without a hitch.
Jeff Fernandes is the author of this guest post. He writes about various DIY projects and suggests Oil Boiler Servicing to maximize efficiency and reduce fuel consumption of your oil boilers.