7 DIY Steps on Waterproofing Your Roof
In central Texas, average precipitation can range from 14 to a whopping 41 inches of rain and snowfall. Additionally, if you let that water pool on your roof, a single cubic foot of that water could weigh up to 62 pounds.
Excessive water could wreck your roof, which could wreck your home. Here are some easy ways to waterproof your roof and ensure that your home is safe and sound.
1. Remove all dead leaves and branches
Rain could dam up dead leaves and branches, causing water to back up and cause damage to your roof. If you live in a dry area like Texas, removing dry, dead leaves can also lessen the unfortunate likelihood of a wildfire starting on your roof.
2. Trim trees close to the roof
Fallen limbs and debris can leave your roof vulnerable to turbulent weather. These limbs can damage your home if they fall due to wind, ice, hail, or snow. By trimming your trees close to the roof you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that any falling branches won’t harm your home.
3. Replace missing, curling, or damage shingles
A single curled shingle can let water seep underneath the roof. This moisture can then enter your home, creating mold and mildew, which requires more home improvement. Also, shingles that are hanging can be pulled off by a strong wind.
You may be able to replace 1 or 2 shingles, but a professional roofer can also evaluate surrounding shingles. That way, they can prevent a full roof replacement for you if possible.
4. Add insulation to your attic
Good attic insulation keeps heat in the interior of the home, preventing intense temperature fluctuations that can damage or warp roof structure.
5. Cover seams with seam tape
Seam tape is especially great for concrete roofing. Add seam tape on the exterior roofing to prevent water seeping in. Once applied, use strong pressure to ensure a firm seal.
6. Add a water repellent layer
If you’ve gone with a cheaper, less reliable roofing company, they may have shortchanged you on this step. If you want a more aggressive approach to your waterproofing, talk with a roofer to assess and add this layer.
7. Add heat tape to gutters and more
During cold months, heat tape warms your gutters and roof to keep ice as water. This ensures your roof can stay sturdy and not buckle due to excessive snowfall. This also prevents gutters from buckling or forming due to ice dams or heavy icicles.
If you continue to have problems after working these 7 steps, you may need a serious roof repair or even replacement. In that case, work with Ja-Mar Roofing and Sheet Metal to get a full solution to your problem. For a free estimate, call 512-441-8437 today.