How to prepare your roof for the wet season

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How to prepare your roof for the wet season

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Project Overview

Water damage to your home can be costly. Protecting it is a very simple job that can also extend the life of your roof. This guide offers some simple tips to help prepare your roof for the wet season.

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Ladder safety tip

Ladders are important tools but they need to be used the right way. Falling off a ladder is responsible for more hospital visits than any other accident in the home. The safest way to use a ladder is to open the legs fully and lock the hinges in place. This ensures the ladder won’t collapse and makes it as stable as possible.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the gutters
2 Safety first
3 Remove the mould and mildew
4 Check your screws
  • Step 1. Clean the gutters

    The first step to preparing your roof for the wet season is to clean the gutters. Remove all of the leaf litter from the gutters and check that the downpipes aren’t blocked.

  • Step 2. Safety first

    Safety is important when you’re working on a roof. If you’re standing on the roof to clean it, always start on one side and walk backwards away from where you have sprayed. That way you always walk onto a dry part of the roof. If you’re working from a ladder, have someone on the ground holding it for you.

  • Step 3. Remove the mould and mildew

    Before you start this step, disconnect any water tanks from the gutters so chemicals don’t run in to your water storage. Put on safety glasses, dust mask and rubber gloves. Following the instructions on the roof cleaner, spray it onto the roof. Scrub the roof with a brush. Hose the roof cleaner off with water. 

  • Step 4. Check your screws

    If you have a tin roof, check that all of the screws are securely fixed. Replace any that are damaged. If any of the seals around the screws are worn, use silicone to reseal them.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Brush
  • Caulking gun
  • Dust mask
  • Ladder
  • Roof cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Silicone
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