Essential Supplies for Roof Maintenance

18 Aug Essential Supplies for Roof Maintenance

roof maintenanceProper roof maintenance—including regular inspections and gutter cleaning—is essential to keeping your roof in tip-top shape. And with the right supplies on hand, regular roof maintenance can be made quick and painless. Here are some key supplies to keep on hand for simple everyday maintenance of your roof.

Ladder

This one is a no-brainer; you’ll want a sturdy and reliable ladder so that you can reach the surface of your roof for gutter cleaning and roof inspections. Most opt for extension ladders here because they offer the needed height and can be condensed down for storing purposes. When choosing your ladder, be sure to invest in a high-quality ladder that is tall enough to get you to your particular roof.

Bungee cords

Bungee cords are an affordable way to increase your safety as you spend time on a ladder positioned next to your roof. When using your ladder, be sure to place it as such that it is located near a spike within your gutter. Then, when you climb up the ladder and are looking down into your gutter, attach one end of the bungee cord to the spike in the gutter. Wrap the bungee cord around one side of your ladder as many times as is needed to use the length of the bungee cord, and then attach the other end of the cord to the same spike. This will keep the ladder better in place, making a fall much less likely.

Gloves

Gloves comes especially in handy when it’s time to clean out your gutters, since they will allow you to quickly grab debris from your gutters while not having to worry about accumulating dirt or grime on your hands. They also come in handy during regular inspections, however, as they will keep your hands safe from the rough surfaces of your shingles as you inspect them.

Dust Mask

A dust mask will protect you during heavy gutter cleaning from any potentially lung irritating debris that might be lingering in your gutters. You can opt for a reusable cloth variety, which can be washed in the washing machine, or you can opt for the disposable variety, which you can get in a set of 50 for about 7 dollars at your local hardware store.

Goggles

Goggles are also a great idea, particularly when dealing with heavy gutter cleaning work. These are only a few dollars at the hardware store and will protect your eyes from any dirt, grime, or skin irritating substances that might have accumulated in your gutters.

Gutter cleaning tool

The tool that you get for cleaning your gutters will depend on preference and on what your gutters typically encounter. Most opt for a garden trowel, plastic scoop, or tongs for clearing gutter accumulation, while using their hands for anything else that might remain.

Pressure washer

A pressure washer is definitely an investment, but it comes especially in handy for clearing out the last bits of debris in your gutters and for keeping your downspouts clear. Some might be tempted to use a pressure washer to clean surface stains on the roof, but this has the potential to damage your shingles.

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