Professional roofers will be the first to tell you that walking on a roof can be dangerous and cause untold damage that might require unexpected repairs. Tile roofing is delicate and cannot withstand much pressure before breaking. Asphalt shingles can be brought out of place, lose their coating or become otherwise dislodges from the weight of footsteps. You can end up with leaks or missing shingles. Only walk on the roof if it is absolutely necessary to retrieve a broken tree limb, or other item that can cause damage if left there.
Try and Make Leak Repairs
Roof repair is not something you want to attempt without experience. You can fall off the roof easy and you are left with a leaky roof AND injuries. Leaks in a roof can be coming from many different sources. The water can drip from the area of damage and leak into the house in a complete different area. It is best to let the professionals determine why your roof is leaking and fix it right.
Attach Unnecessary Equipment to the Roof
Many satellite cable providers are looking for an easy place to stick their dish. Do NOT let them drill holes in your roof and attach their equipment. It guarantees at some point you will have a leak, or need to have the area repaired. There are poles they can erect in the yard to give you excellent service.
Use a Pressure Washer
Pressure washing is a great way to clean a concrete driveway, but it can ruin a roof. Water being sprayed at high speeds to asphalt shingles will provide interesting results and will prove costly to repair the damage. Build-up of lichen, mold and mildew make it tempting to try and wash the roof using a pressure washer. It will remove this unwanted growth, but you are likely to see the shingles flying off too. What it does not remove, it will dislodge and tear. Hire qualified roofing contractors to safely clean the surface.
Let Tree Limbs Take Over
Trees that grow close to the home can present a hazard to the roof, eavestrough and siding. Limbs that get out of control, or get whipped by high winds can cause hundreds of dollars of damage quickly. Keep all tree limbs cleared back from the roof, side of the house and any power lines.
Contact a professional roof repair service to keep your roof in top shape and help it last for many years. For more information and resources check out Cherry and Clark Roofing.
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