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Waterproofing your roof is essential to protect your home and belongings from water damage. To learn how to do it on your own, follow this tutorial by Daniel's DKI in Palm Desert.

How to Waterproof Your Roof

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Get the Necessary Supplies Ready

Even though waterproofing the roof can be a more-or-less simple maintenance task to get through, you still need certain supplies to make it happen in a smoother and more effective manner. That's why the first step is to gather all of them and keep them ready for when you need to use them. The items you should have handy are a ladder, a broom, a dustpan, garbage bags, mortar, a putty knife, a roller, primer, and sealant. It's also important that you wear the right gear when doing the job (such as old clothing you don't mind getting dirty, work gloves, a hat, and sunglasses) and sunscreen to keep your body protected.

Choose the Right Day for It

Aside from your supplies, you'll need a sunny day to perform this maintenance job. This is because you need to give the sealant enough time to dry completely. Your best bet is to check the weather forecast to make sure that the next couple of days will allow for that to happen. If it rains in that period of time, you can pretty much guarantee that the work you did will be ruined, so try to go at it when you know there will be no precipitation. However, as mentioned above, remember to protect your skin from the damaging sun rays with sunblock and appropriate gear.

Take Safety Measures

Before you start working on your roof, you will need to take some safety measures to ensure you won't have an accident while you do the job. For instance, verify that the ladder you're climbing on is sturdy enough and is secure before you hop on it. If necessary, it's recommended that you have someone hold it for you while you're going up or coming down. And, as stated already a few times, you should be careful with the blazing sun: drink water, rest, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses.

Clean Up Your Roof

If you want your maintenance job to be a successful one, you will need to clean the roof before you begin so that the sealant will grab on to the surface effectively. To that end, it is recommended that you take the broom with you and start sweeping the area. Get rid of all of the dust, dirt, debris, dead leaves, gunk, and anything else that may be dirtying up the space. Be sure to also have the dustpan and the garbage bags with you, so you can deposit all of that trash in them and carry it down into a trash can.

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Look For and Fix Any Cracks

As you're cleaning your roof, you should keep your eyes open for cracks that may be happening on its surface. Finding even small ones will help you restore them properly and keep them from becoming a bigger problem later on. To repair those cracks, you will need to spread a layer of mortar with the putty knife over them. Guarantee that they're covered in their entirety so they can be repaired adequately. If the cracks you find are too big, however, you're better off calling a professional property restoration team to deal with the issue.

Prime and Seal Your Roof

Finally, the two most important steps in this tutorial: getting your roof primed and sealed, so that it can be truly waterproof and will prevent water damage to your home and belongings. First, you will need to go over the whole surface with the primer. Use the roller to apply a thick, even layer all over the roof. After it has dried completely, it will be time to go over all of it with the sealant. Make the layers thick so that they can cover the roof well. Also, go over it with two coats to guarantee an effective job. Once that is done, all that's left is to allow the roof to dry in its entirety so that the sealant can protect your house.

If your home requires property restoration in Palm Desert in order to return to its original glory, call Daniel's DKI at (760) 320-2128 to learn how they can help you.