Having a patio roof is good. It allows you a level of shade while still enjoying the great outdoors during the summer. At the same time it can also protect your patio furniture from excessive weathering.
Unfortunately, there's nothing to protect your patio roof from weathering over time. Rust, mildew and leaking are some of the biggest problems of patio roofs. After some time, you will eventually have to repair your patio roof because of some damage. When the time comes, just follow these easy steps to repair that damage from the patio roof.
Step 1: Safety First
Make sure you are well-protected and that it is safe for you to climb up the roof. Ensure that the ladder is secured firmly to the ground. It helps that you wear non-slip rubber shoes with traction, as well as work gloves so that you don't hurt yourself. Protective eye wear may also be a good thing because you wouldn't want the cleaner to come into contact with your eyes. Lastly, patio roofs aren't as sturdy as normal roofs, so be careful when traversing across your roof.
Step 2: Clean away Debris on the Roof
Before you do any deep cleaning on your patio roof to take out the rust as well as the mildew, you first have to take out any dirt and debris that may be laying on the roof and obstructing you from accessing the roofing. Use a heavy-duty broom to sweep away unwanted debris on your roof until it's clean and the roofing is finally accessible.
Step 3: Use a Pressure Washer
You have to first either get a commercial roof cleaner or mix a special mixture of one part bleach and three parts water. Use this with a pressure washer to wash away the rust and the mildew that may have developed on your patio roof over the years. This should take out most of the unwanted contaminants. Rub out the remaining spots of rust with sandpaper.
Step 4: Apply Roof Sealant
Before you apply this roof sealant to your patio roof, you first have to let the roof dry by itself for a few hours. Only when it is completely dry can you put the roof sealant on the roof without worrying that it won't stick due to moisture. Apply a clean and even coat of roof sealant all over the roof and over the holes.
Step 5: Install Roofing Strips
To be double sure, get roofing strips and have them installed. Cut the roofing strips to the ideal size, then insert it not over but under the existing patio roof. While this may sound like an unlikely piece of advice, this actually means that you have a double layer of protection. Just in case the original roof gets a leak, the water will only go on the lower layer, which is actually the roofing strip.
Fixing your very own patio roof can be easy as long as you follow some basic guidelines and steps. After you have this fixed, make sure that you have your patio roof regularly cleaned and maintained to prevent any additional growth of rust and other unwanted stuff on your roof. As long as you do all these, you can feel free to enjoy your patio once more for a long time.