Installed A New Roof? 3 Tips To Protect It From The Wet Snows And The Spring Rains

If you just installed a new roof, you know how expensive this can be. Because of this, you need to do what you can to keep your roof in good condition. One thing that can cause damage to a roof is moisture, such as moisture you get from wet snows and spring rains. Fortunately, there are things you can do to waterproof your roof so moisture will not affect it.

Shingle Sealant

There is a shingle sealant available that is completely clear. The sealant is brushed onto the roof surface to put a layer of protection from moisture. This will also help protect your roof from winds, hail, etc. This clear sealant will work well on a variety of roof surfaces, such as slate, wood, asphalt, metal, and shingle materials.

Because your roof is a big expense, hire a roofing contractor to put the sealant on your roof for you. It can be dangerous climbing up on a roof and the roofing contractor will ensure the sealant is placed on the roof correctly. The contractor may also decide to put more than one coat on your roof, letting the first coat dry before they put on a second coat.

Elastomeric Paint

There is also elastomeric paint that can be painted onto the roof as protection from moisture. The paint is clear but is also available in colors if you ever want to paint your roof a different color. This type of paint will not only protect your roof from moisture but also prevent your roof from becoming too dry in the hot, summer sun, which can result in cracking roof materials. Elastomeric paint can also help reduce your energy bills as it provides protection from wind getting in through the roof and into your attic.

Elastomeric paint is generally placed on the roof in one layer, but two layers can be used. As with the sealant, hire a roofing contractor to place the elastomeric paint on your roof for you.

Roof Maintenance

Even though your roof is new, you need to prepare to have it maintained on a regular basis. There are things you can do on your own. For example, you can ensure that leaves and other debris do not build up on your roof. You can also check the gutters to make sure they do not become blocked with debris. If gutters do become blocked, water will not drain properly and the water will instead get under the roof flashing causing damage.

A roofing contractor will also do an inspect which will include inspecting the roofing shingles or other materials, the flashing around ridges, vents, chimney and chimney caps, and drip edges. The roofing contractor will check that the gutters are in good condition.

The roofing contractor can tell you of other ways you can waterproof your new roof. Speak with a roofing contractor like one at Par One Construction, Inc. to learn more.