There are plenty of secrets that contractors have learned following many years of roof installation. Here are some of the tricks that can help you. Keep in mind that when doing any of these your should be careful when accessing the roof and always use fall protection to prevent injury.

Roof Cleaning Process

Using a leaf blower is ideal for this cleaning process. Many tend to use rakes and water, but a rake can potentially cause damage to roofing shingles whereas a blower is harmless.

You should blow from the ridge downward to effectively remove debris. This is also ideal following the installation of a new roof job. It is good practice to keep your roof clean in order to avoid future costs of roof replacement.

Roof Sheathing

You should always mark where your rafters are when tacking roof sheeting in place. This will help you determine where they are in the future. You can use a chalk line on those marks, which will make it easier to nail off the sheath.

Roofing Ventilation

The best policy for this is the 1 in 150 rule, which most manufacturers require. You can do this by measuring the square footage of the living space and divide it by 150, which will give you the total sq. footage of ventilation you require for both intake and exhaust.

Access to Roofs

Ladder safety should always be top priority. This is where a lot of accidents occur because you use a ladder repeatedly throughout the day when working on a roof.

Some steps to follow include tying off the ladder to the roof to prevent sliding, extending the ladder three feet above the roof edge, and always placing both hands on the ladder. You should also use a rope tied to tools below and lift them up to the roof when needed.

Roofing Systems

A majority of roofing systems have online instructions that you can review. The more knowledge, the more power you’ll have.


You can usually review the installation guide provided with the product you are using. You can also typically find these online. Placement is important, and you should always have a warranty in place, along with a good roof. Most asphalt roofs need four nails, while in some areas with high wind, roofs might require six.

Clogged Downspouts

Most people, including roofers, try to clear a downspout by shoving a garden hose down the spout. Some may try a leaf blower to shake up and clear the debris. Oftentimes both of these methods are successful, but if they aren’t, you can try something else: Insert a leaf blower nozzle into the bottom outlet and blow upwards to loosen the clog in the system.

However, when doing this you should make sure you’re clear of the debris, as you don’t know what could be clogging your system and may be capable of injuring you when flying out.

With these many tips in mind, you can keep roof maintenance relatively simple and efficient at all times.