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How to Waterproof Your Roof

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How to Waterproof Your Roof

Doing home renovations can be tedious work, for anybody. Especially where the big jobs are concerned, like painting your walls, waterproofing your roof and fixing your gutter. Financing, where to’s, how to’s, and what to’s are all things you now start considering. Do you feel woozy yet?

In this article, we’re going to tackle what you need and the steps to follow when waterproofing your roof. If you don’t have a damp proofing company like JT Damp & Waterproofing to help you waterproof your roof, then you’ll have to do it yourself. We’ll make this as simple as possible.

Here’s what you will need:

  • High-pressure hose
  • Paintbrushes (you can use any size, but hand brushes are preferred to give you more control)
  • Clean water (warm or cold water)
  • Stiff bristle broom (this will be used for scraping, so make sure it’s bristles are super stiff)
  • Waterproofing membrane
  • Gel seal/Roof seal
  • Roof paint (for that fresh new color coat)

Here’s how you’ll do it:

  1. The first step to renovating anything is to clean the object you’re renovating, in this case your roof.  Spray off dirt and grime with a high-pressure hose and scrub the area with a stiff bristle brush until all flaking paint is removed. If you need to, you may use a scraper to make sure the surface is as smooth as a baby’s bum!
  2. Apply a coat of roof seal or gel seal to the surface area that needs to be waterproofed. Make sure the layer is spread out evenly and throughout the entire surface.
  3. Once your sealant is applied thoroughly, immediately embed the waterproofing membrane onto the wet coat of sealant. Make sure that there are no air bubbles, and that the membrane is applied on the entire surface.
  4. Now apply a second coat of sealant over the membrane while the surface is still wet.
  5. Allow your work to dry over a 48-hour period.
  6. Once dry you can finish off with a coat of roof paint.

And voila! A waterproofed roof!