Do you need to repair your roof? Do you have to put on some asphalt shingles? Well, learning how to properly apply roof cement can definitely make your pending tasks a lot easier to handle. For one, the roof cement is essential in the process of anchoring those asphalt shingles directly to your roof. The roof cement can also allow you make a waterproof seal. The seal can protect your highly-valued roof in case bad weather looms in. Here are some guidelines explaining how you can effectively use your roofing cement in addressing some of your common roof hassles:
- Prepare your roof. Get your ladder. Climb up onto your roof. Begin thoroughly cleaning the surface. Your first goal is to remove all the debris. Then, you should also dry the wet portions. Both are going to cause troubles so you need to address them.
- Check out the old asphalt shingles. See to it that the remains of the old ones are taken out. You should also inspect if there are some asphalt shingles that are already ripped apart or have been detached from your roof. Remove them, too, before you can position new asphalt shingles.
If there are some asphalt shingles that are directly adjacent to the damaged ones, use your pry bar. You need to loosen them in order to remove the damaged ones. Do it by gently tugging. Start on the sides until you get to pull them free.
- Inspect the bare sheathing. You need to look for any damage, rip, or tear. If you spot some, get your roofing cement. Using your caulking gun, fill the damage, the rip, or the tear. You also need to cover the heads of the nails with your roofing cement. The process prevents your roof from leaking. You have provided your roof a water tight seal. If you need to smooth out your cement flush, rely on your putty knife.
- Install the new asphalt shingles. Begin at the lowermost row of your roof. Then, slowly work your way up.
If there are damaged shingles, fit them with new ones. After that, safely anchor them with nails. Again, you should start the repair job at the lowermost row and then, proceed to go up.
Roofing experts strongly suggest limiting the number of asphalt shingles per roof into four pieces. Bear in mind that asphalt shingles are made up of dried strips of roofing cement. Their undersides are the parts directly adhered to the roof. When the sun starts to heat the asphalt shingles, the cement is eventually activated.
When you are about to place the last asphalt shingle on your roof, prepare more dabs of cement. Put the cement on the edges so it sticks directly on the older ones on top of it. You can tell if you have done your job well when you get to see that everything fits underneath. If that is the case, congratulate yourself. What you have accomplished is not really a simple task.