We expect a lot out of a roof: most of us go to work simply to ‘keep a roof over our head’. Our roofs protect us from rain and keep our houses warm. But if you leave your roof to deal with that all on its own it’ll cave in; your roof needs support and a bit of nurturing. A carefully looked after roof will last many years this site.
Of course, you can get someone else to come in and sort any teeny problems out: a tile at a jaunty angle; a little, niggly leak; a bit of blistering on the garage roof. But there are things you can do on your own from the safety of a hired scaffold tower, without needing a roof ladder.
Clean the Roof
Those black or orange stains streaking across your roof are algae. Get rid of them with a mix of baking soda and water in a garden sprayer: it sorts the stains out a treat. As you’re just squirting the mixture on, you can do it all from your aluminum scaffold tower.
To get rid of moss, copper is a marvel. Again call your garden sprayer to action; using powdered copper sulphate mixed with water, squirt it over your roof safely from your scaffold tower. Leave the copper mixture to soak in for about five minutes (no more; so you don’t corrode any metal); a gentle hose down (not power hose!) will wash the copper off the roof and leave you moss free, and all nails intact.
Clean out the valleys – the bits that join the various parts of the roof – which are often especially good at collecting dust, leaves, debris and twigs. They bear a striking resemblance to an otter dam; not a good look for a house. And pools of water on the roof can easily lead to leaks. Without over-reaching use a long-handled broom to pull the debris off the roof.
A windy winter or a scorching summer can damage, crack or move tiles. The odd tile out of place isn’t horrendous, but it’s better to pull it back into line sooner rather than later.
When tiles are within arms’ reach of the edge of the scaffold tower, replacement is easy. From up there you can also see if there are larger areas that need help. You need 2 bars, a nail hammer and the replacement tiles – and of course your scaffold tower.
First you need to lift the tiles around the one you need to replace or fix. Use one pry bar to lift the tile to the above right the damaged tile; use the other pry bar to lift the tile to immediate the left. Remove the broken tile when the two neighbouring tiles are lifted: lift the backend of the tile first to slide it out. Simply pop the spanking new tile into its place, making sure it sits properly on the wooden plank fixed to the roof. Done! Don’t forget to remove the pry bars when you’re finished!
Inspect your roof
Although you can inspect your roof from the ground using binoculars, getting up close and personal using a hired aluminum scaffold tower is going to help you see so much more. You could consider coordinating your own roof inspection with a roofer who could then also make use of the scaffold tower to complete any jobs that need to be done using a lot of know-how.