Roof and Guttering Repairs

The basics of gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning is an important job that is commonly neglected. Cleaning eaves troughs is a significant task of being a home owner and should be performed at least twice a year. If your gutters get clogged and overflow water can cause damage to the foundation and landscape of your house. The weight increase can cause gutters to come lose. This can lead to rot and repair.

Throughout winter, if a gutter is clogged it can lead to ice and roof leaks. The gutter will become filled with ice and begin to form up the roof slope. The ice will form in between the layers of your roof and into the roof system. Heat coming from the house will make the ice melt, making it leak into the structure. If there is lots of trees around the house, it’s suggested to clean the gutters more often.
There are many new tools to help clean your gutters, but, the usual practice involves using a hose, gloves, a ladder, a garden trowel and a disposal bag. The gutters should be cleaned twice a year, in May and October. Gutter cleaning could be dangerous and must be performed by someone capable. When cleaning the gutters, you should wear gloves and ensure the ladder is secure.

How to handle a roofing disaster

When you are a homeowner it’s hard to predict when your home will be damaged by weather. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of the steps you should take when the roof of your home has been harmed needing repair.

1. Assess the damage

First, after you experience severe weather is to look over the damage. Approximating damage assessments can help you to talk over your needs with your insurance company or contractor. This aids avoiding unforeseen discrepancies or costs. When you look at your roof to identify the ruined areas you should use a pair of binoculars. Estimate the square foot area. Estimate specific details of the area that has been damaged. You should take note of the severity of the damage and examine it carefully to see if there are any missing shingles. Sometimes only a few will be missing. Make sure you document the materials that are visible or exposed. Look for exposed plywood, the ends of missing shingles or tarpaper. Keep a note of the colour of the material and shade.

2. Temporary fixes

If severe damage has been caused in an area above living space, the interior property can be damaged by water leaking. Make sure you put a bucket under any leaks and remove valuables to prevent further damage. If there is serious damage it may need to be waterproofed using strapped tarping method or water and ice membrane. Smaller repairs can be shingled immediately.

3. Contact insurance

Contact your insurance company. Decide if the damage is big enough to be covered through your home insurance, or if It would be better to hire a contractor directly. In occurrences of natural disasters, when large areas are hit by severe weather it can be helpful to use your homeowner’s insurance as contractors can be busy.

4. Contractor

If it is necessary, you should get in contact with a reliable contractor to repair the roof. If you hire a private contractor, it should always be a professional. Avoid ones who are only there because of natural disaster.