Arguably, the roof is one of the most important parts of the house. It’s a structure that protects you from all the dangerous environmental elements: blinding heat, strong winds, scary thunder and lightning, and heavy rainstorms.
In a country like the Philippines where rain comes and goes, strong reinforcement is obviously an essential. Whether your roof is asphalt shingle, metal, cement or clay tiles, it’s going to need all the support it can get, like waterproofing paint.
So here are ways you can protect your roof from the damaging effects of the rain.
1. A good, thorough inspection is key!
Nothing beats a thorough roof inspection before and after the monsoon season. Check for signs of significant damage and decay. Are your shingles buckled or curled? Is sunlight entering your attic? Are you roof lines straight and not sagging? It’s best to know the warning signs of a deteriorating roof so you can have a new one installed.
If you’re unsure about the state of your roof, you can hire a professional roofing contractor to confirm any weak points. They have all the proper skills and equipment necessary to get the job done safely and correctly.
It’s an expensive investment, yes, but you don’t really want a flooded house, do you? A brand new roof will allow you to fully customize it. You can choose shingles, sealants, and underlayment so you’re guaranteed a strong covering that will last for years to come.
2. Clean your gutters!
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have trees surrounding your house. Your gutters will eventually get clogged, especially during the rainy season. Expect leaves, twigs, and branches to be the usual suspects. And once your gutters are clogged, the water backup can damage your roof and cause it to fall over time due to excess strain from the weight of the water.
Without gutters, rainwater can damage your siding which can result in further expense.
A regular cleaning and proper maintenance involves getting your hands dirty. It’s hard labor, but doing this will also allow you to check for any leaks. You might also want to consider getting gutter guards for extra protection.
3. Don’t forget the downsprouts
The downsprouts are just as important as the gutters! Make sure that they are at least five feet away from the base of your home. Otherwise, pooling rainwater can seep into the foundation. This job is best left to the professionals; gutter downsprouts can be quite difficult to unclog.
4. Check your roof flashing
The roof flashing is the often overlooked material that can ultimately weatherproof your home. These thin pieces of impervious metal is designed to direct water away from critical areas of the roof like skylights and vent pipes.
Similar to gutters, it’s important to know the signs of defective or degrading flashing. Make sure they are not loose, rusting, and that its sealant is not cracking of peeling away. If you have a metal roof, inspect if the screws are snugly locked in place.
5. Prune your trees
As previously mentioned, foliage can collect at your gutters and cause blockages. If you have trees surrounding your home, cutting back branches would be the most prudent thing to do. Pruning hanging tree limbs will decrease any potential danger to you and your home during a storm as they retain moisture and eventually cause decay damage.
6. Waterproof the roof with Island Paints Roofkote
For excellent durability and unmatched flexibility, coat your roof with Island Paints Roofkote! It is an acrylic water-based coating that exhibits good adhesion, resistance to flaking, cracking and chalking vs conventional Portland type roof paint.
It is perfectly suited for galvanized iron roof, gutter or downspout. It is also good for masonry, concrete tile roof or unglazed brick tile.
For more info about waterproofing paint for roof, click here.