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Protecting the Outside of Your Home

 

Roofs

If you have a roof leak, you should aim to fix it as soon as possible, even if it doesn’t bother you much or you’re thinking of getting a new roof. Over a short period of time, even the smallest leaks can lead to big problems (such as rotted framing or damaged insulation). Therefore, it is important to deal with a leak as soon as you notice it, no matter how big it is. If you don't, you may have costly repairs to deal with later on.

Floorpaint Express Roof Patch will fix small holes, splits and cracks in your roof quickly before any real damage is done with its tough blend of bitumen and rubber, reinforced with fibre. Roof Patch will cover most types of roofs including tiled, concrete, corrugated iron and felt. We particularly recommend it for flat roofs and sheds. It is ideally used in dry conditions; however, you can actually apply it during the pouring rain in an emergency.

How to apply Roof Patch
Roof surfaces should be free of dust, dirt, rust or other grime, which could affect adhesion. Simply scrub the area with a wire brush to remove as much debris as possible. A fungicidal wash can also be used if mould and mildew are present. If the roof is porous, prime with a mixture of Roof Patch diluted with 25% white spirit. Load the brush generously and apply 1m² per kilo of Roof Patch. If you need a second coat then apply it at right angles to the first one. Don’t brush out to a thin film – the idea here is to apply a good coating of the mixture to fix that roof.



Gutters

You may not think that fixing leaks in your guttering is a priority but looking after your gutters and downpipes is really about protecting your foundation. As a result, taking the time to maintain and repair downpipes and gutters can save you a lot of money on repair costs. When your guttering is working properly, water is channelled away from the foundations, but if you have problems, such as leaks, water can flow directly down to your foundations. Unless it's dealt with, water can cause a lot of damage there, such as mouldy or settling walls. Roof Joint Sealant is a bitumen based product that will effectively  repair and prevent leaks in gutters, roofs and downpipes.

How to apply Roof Joint Sealant
All surfaces must be clean and dry and free from any substance which could affect the adhesion. Remove any wax and dust out the area to be repaired. Any moss or lichen should be removed and the surface treated with a Fungicide.

Cut the tip of the cartridge, taking care not to damage the body. Cut the tip of the nozzle at an angle of 45° and screw the nozzle onto the cartridge. The tube is suitable for use in a standard sized cartridge gun.

Roof Joint Sealant will take approximately 24 hours to dry completely in dry weather conditions and thanks to its ultra-flexible formula, it can be used on most roof types.



Protecting Exterior Walls

 

Using Rain Defender can protect your home from damage caused by rain and frost. Exterior walls made from concrete are porous and invite moisture in when left untreated. When Moisture penetrates brick it also causes the temperature of your home to fall, leading to increased heating bills as you turn up the heating to compensate.

Clean the Wall
The surface to be treated must be clean, dry and porous enough to allow the product to penetrate the brickwork. Do not use detergent. Use a wire brush to get rid of moss, lichen and other growths. Or, if you have access to one, you could also use a pressure washer. Any cracks or joints should be sealed.

Apply Rain Defender
Always test a small area first and allow to dry. To apply to the wall use a paintbrush and apply liberally by flooding the surface. Check whether you need a second coat. Very porous wall surfaces may require two coats, although you will have to wait 36 hours before applying the second coat.