Your roof goes through a lot day in and day out. Year-round it has to deal with blazing heat from the sun, unforgiving rains, and strong winds. No doubt your roof takes a lot of battering from the elements, so don’t forget to give it some TLC. Here are care and maintenance tasks you need to be doing:
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
If your roof has rain gutters and downspouts, it’s best practice to inspect them every so often. Leaves, dirt, debris, and mold can cause blockages and obstruct water flow. With clogged gutters, rainwater may pool in areas such as spots on your roof which may lead to corrosion and leaks later on.
It can also run off into other areas of your house not meant to be in constant contact with water and cause damage there. Plus, in the Philippines, rainwater pooling in gutters also creates a dengue risk as shallow stagnant water is a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Having trees on or around your property is, more often than not, a good thing. However, when they are overgrown and have loose branches, they become a hazard. Storms and gusts can break and snap either parts or even the whole of a tree and cause damage to whatever is near it.
Prevent possible costly damages to your home by having your trees trimmed. Check if any are encroaching on phone and electric lines as well. Branches that overhang your roof can also block gutters with fallen leaves which can cause other problems as we mentioned above. Tree trimming, pruning, and cutting services are available for hire too if you need it.
Check for Rust
Rust is enemy number one for metal. When left untreated, it eats away at metal causing holes—and therefore, leaky roofs. So before that happens, do something about it. Treating rust is typically done by first manually removing the rust by brushing and sanding and then using a chemical treatment afterward like Boysen Metal Etching Solution.
Boysen Metal Etching Solution is a chemical solution rust converter. It reacts with rust to prevent it from spreading and further damaging the metal. After applying the rust converter, wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Thoroughly wash the area with clean water, then wipe the area with thinner using a rag. Head here for a detailed guide: How to Deal with Rust on Metal You Want to Paint.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to know if there are holes in your roof until a rainy day comes along and it drizzles inside your home too. While waiting for that, one thing you can do is to inspect your ceiling for signs of water damage. You’ll likely notice this as discolored or bulging spots. It could also look like blistering or peeling paint.
For roof repairs, it’s best to call a professional. Leaks are no joke and you want someone who knows what they’re doing to make sure the leaks are properly sealed and don’t cause further damage. Typically, minor holes can be fixed by sealants. If your roof has seen better days though, areas of it might need to be replaced.
Repaint with a Reliable Roof Paint
Roof needs a refresh? Repaint. To prevent rust and holes from forming on your roof, reach for reliable roof paints like Boysen Roofgard. It’s specifically designed to protect your roof against corrosion and therefore holes and leaks. It’s also long-lasting and durable with a thermoplastic film that’s resistant to cracking and peeling.
You can also go for Boysen Cool Shades if the summer heat is a bigger problem in your household. Boysen Cool Shades is manufactured to be a heat-reflecting roof paint. It bounces the light from the sun back to the sky before it has a chance to turn into heat that’s absorbed into your home. This helps you conserve energy and lower your household’s electricity consumption.
If you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products or painting in general, our technical team will be happy to assist you. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.