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Fixing Your Concrete Roof? Make Sure to do These 3 Things

Fixing Your Concrete Roof? Make Sure to do These 3 Things

Concrete is prone to a variety of problems such as cracking, spalling, scaling, and crazing because of its moisture retention and porous properties. This regular wear and tear makes fixing a concrete roofing system important.

Here are the things you need to know and do when handling concrete roof issues and repair.

1. Find the exact location of the source of leaking

When your roof is leaking, chances are good that the real source of the leak is somewhere else. Fixing just the spot above the leak is only a short-term solution. So inspect not just the roof but also your plumbing lines like the drainage pipes to get to the root cause of the leak.

2. Waterproof your roof

Water leaks are among the most frequently encountered issues in flat concrete and concrete tile roofing. Cracks on the roof are the likely culprits, so a quick fix is to fill them with waterproof cement, sealant, or any caulking materials.

Even if your concrete roofing has no cracks, it is still at risk of leaks because concrete can retain moisture. So it is best to waterproof your whole roofing system. Here are the steps:

  1. Using a pressure washer, wash your whole roofing surface.
  2. Fill cracks with roofing cement.
  3. Apply a good primer and let it dry.
  4. Apply an elastomeric sealant to the cracks and to the whole roof.
  5. After 24 hours, apply a second coat of sealant.

3. Replace your roofing felt

You can repair leaks in concrete tiles by adjusting the position of the cracked tiles. Aside from that, do not forget to check below the roof surface. You may also need to replace old and cracked concrete tiles, re-caulk any exposed nails, and take out all the tiles and adjust their position.

If you have done all these steps and the leaks still persist in your roof, this is a sign of an old or damaged roofing felt. In that case, the roofing felt has to be replaced.…

A Homeowner’s Guide to Getting Rid of Molds on Roof Shingles

A Homeowner’s Guide to Getting Rid of Molds on Roof Shingles

If left for a long time, mold stains on roof shingles can cause discoloration on your roof and damage to the shingles. It also leads to mold growth, which in turn exposes the crawlspace or the attic’s interior to mold spores. Clean your roof shingles immediately to remove mold stains and to avoid expensive roof replacement in the long run.

Here are the steps you have to take to get rid of molds on roof shingles.

1. Create and apply the cleanser

As a safety precaution, wear a face mask and rubber gloves before you start with this step to protect your respiratory system and skin from the fumes coming from the chemical solution that you will be handling.

Make a cleaning solution by mixing three-quarter water and one-quarter chlorine bleach in a two-gallon bucket. Add one tablespoon of trisodium phosphate (TSP) to the mixture. Mix it well. Pour the solution into a pump sprayer and apply it to the areas of the shingles where molds are present.

2. Rinse the roof shingles and check them

Leave the applied solution on the shingles for about 15 minutes or longer if there are too much molds. Then rinse the shingles using a garden hose from the topmost part downward to keep water from seeping. Low-pressure water is just enough—do not use a pressure washer because it will make the mold problem worse.

Afterward, check the shingles for any slimy mold by running your gloved hand over the surface. If some molds are still present, apply the cleaning solution again, leave it for 10 minutes, and rinse the shingles again.

3. Consult a roofing professional.

If mold continues to grow on your roof shingles, it is time to contact a roofing contractor, as you might need to replace your shingles or waterproof them.…