Rockford, Illinois ■ Since 1888

Carlson Roofing Company


   1)    Clean all debris off the roof.  Debris can hold water which can take years off the life of your roof.

   2)    Trim any tree branches that are hanging over your roof.  The branches could fall and puncture the roof creating leaks.

   3)    Check all the flashings or coverings around the joints.  Make sure they look good, clean, and new with no holes!

  4)    Be sure to check the roof for separations of the membrane from the roof edge metal.  If you find any separations, it is best to get them fixed ASAP.  This could be a do-it-yourself project or just give us a call and let us do all the hard work!

   5)    Check for blisters, which look like bubbles of air pushing the roof up.  Blisters are big problems ready to burst.  DO NOT puncture them or step on them.  Give us a call and we’ll fix them for you!

6)    Keep your gutters clean and check your downspouts regularly.

   7)Keep an eye on any pitch pockets.  If the filler is cracked or is shrinking, clean it out and refill.

8)    Test all drains at least twice each year. You could check them in the spring and in the fall. If they don’t drain properly, call a plumber and get them working properly or else they will cause a leak.

  9)    If your roof has a gravel coating, check for bare spots.  You can easily fix the bare spots; First, clean the spot by brushing and sweeping the loose dirt and gravel away, then spread a thin layer (1/8 in.) of asphalt roof cement over the bare spot.  Finally, take some loose gravel and brush it over the roof cement. 

   10)Check all caulking and sealants on flashings and copings. If you find any cracked or damaged areas, it’s always a good idea to clean and reapply.  You can clean the old coating by scraping out the old one, then reapply a polyurethane caulking.

Some friendly tips, hints, and advice from the Pros

flashing:  Components used to weatherproof or seal the roof system at perimeters, penetrations, drains, etc.

membrane:  The layer(s) of waterproofing material on the roof.

blisters:  An enclosed pocket of air, which may be mixed with water or solvent-vapor, trapped between layers of felt or membrane or between the membrane and substrate.

pitch pockets: Open-bottomed enclosure, often made of sheet metal, placed around a penetration through the roof; it is filled with grout and sealants.

sealant:  Material used to weatherproof joints.

coping:  Material used to cover/protect the top of a wall.

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We urge you to be careful and cautious whenever you are working on a roof. Tie off the ladder, keep clear from the edges, and watch your step.  Saving money is great, but it’s not worth getting hurt. 

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You’ll save money and we’ll handle all the dangerous parts.      815-874-2900            

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