Gutter cleaning should be an important component of your spring roofing maintenance session – without clean, solid, clog-free gutters, your roof cannot eliminate water and excessive raining can damage the entire top section of your home. However, gutter cleaning involves work done standing on a ladder, so you need to pay special attention not only to the efficiency of your work, but also to your safety – here is how:
- Place the ladder on even ground and fasten it to the roof, too – if the ground on which you want to place your ladder is not sufficiently hard or even, you can use a wood board to straighten it. Place the ladder on the wood board and anchor it to the edge of the roof as well;
- Get the right tools – find a tool that you can use for scraping off even hard debris and also get a bucket in which you can collect the scraped-off dirt;
- Wear safe clothes – non-slip boots, comfortable work clothes and sturdy work gloves are essential for your safety while you are cleaning your gutters;
- Use your garden hose to flush off the downspouts – make sure you de-clog the downspouts, too – leaving them clogged would significantly decrease the efficiency of your gutter pipes.
If you are uncomfortable on a ladder or do not have the tools to complete this important task, call on Interstate Roofing in Colorado for all your roof and gutter services.
Flat roofs vary according to inclination and functionality. Some have a higher pitch than others, and some may have a special complex shape. They can also be used for several purposes. In summer, for example, they can host terraces and some owners even choose to turn them into small gardens. On a flat roof one can also store things such as exterior units of air conditioners.
There are different flat roof options and modern materials provide great protection. Flat roofs were long time covered with a mixture of concrete and gravel, but this solution is not so durable. This type of asphalt becomes fragile over time and cracks are a common occurrence. In addition, this solution is not considered a sustainable one because, during production and installation, chemicals may be released into the atmosphere.
The good news is that Fort Collins Interstate Roofing has new and improved flat roof options, such as a variety of polymer-based composite liquids. They provide a significantly increased efficiency by creating a flexible and resistant membrane that seals the roof.
A flat roof covered with adequate materials is a wise choice for many buildings, being a relatively easy-to-install and low-cost option that offers multiple possibilities for using the space. Its aspect is also an advantage if you want a modern, minimalist house or simply a more particular design.