Roof repair saves you thousands
Roof repair an inconvenient, costly affair. With a fair amount of planning and research, the consumer can save themselves some potential headaches and money. So lets take a look at some simple, easy to do it yourself steps to fix some common roof issues that generally arise on all roofs.
Before we talk about anything you must always keep safety in mind and make it your number one priority in your thought process before making a single move. Here are some of the basic tools you want to have on hand to handle most general roof maintenance; you will need a hose, roof cement, chisel, replacement roofing material, utility knife, hammer, nails, caulk, and a hacksaw. Always wear rubber-soled shoes for traction. On steep roofs, use a ladder framework and safety ropes as well.
All roofs leak at one point or another, and all you have to do is just fix some shingles. Minor roof leaks may be mended without the help of a professional roofer. Here is some information that can assist you on how to identify problems and make repairs to flat, shingle and wooden shake roofs. You should try to work on your roof on a day when the roof is dry to prevent accidents.
First you have to check for damage in the roofing material directly above where the leak is coming in. This will likely be easier to find on a flat roof, but leaks can also come into the house a good distance from where the actual roof damage is located. If your roof is slanted, inspect areas on the roof that are higher than where the leak enters the home. And if you have an attic, inspect it with a flashlight for water stains, black marks or mold. You can also try to run a hose along different sections of the roof and have a person inside alert you when leaking occurs.
Then you just have to look for damaged, curled or missing shingles near where the leak is coming in. Look closely for exposed roofing tacks, too. Straighten out shingles that are curled back. In colder weather, this might require that you soften the shingle edge with heat, such as an electric hair dryer. Using a torch or other open flame heat source isn't recommended since asphalt shingles may be flammable, and regardless of whether they are flame retardant or not, excess heat will ruin the shingle. Then reattach curled-back shingles after straightening with a generous amount of asphalt roof cement or compound around the exposed edges.
Check if you need to replace damaged shingles. If the shingle lifts off the roof with little effort, breaks, or simply crumbles, then it needs to be replaced. Here are some crystal clear steps to go about replacing your damaged shingles. First, remove the old shingle by lifting its edges and prying out the nail. Then scrape the area underneath it to remove any leftover roofing cement. After which you will need to use a sharp utility knife to round the back corners of the new shingle slightly. Then simply slide the new shingle into place and drive 1 1⁄4 inch galvanized roofing nails into each upper corner, and cover the nail heads with roof cement.
For Roll roofing you start with inspecting for cracks or blisters in the roofing material and mend the blisters. Cut a line through the middle of the blister with a utility knife, but do not cut the sound roofing felt underneath. Then squeeze out or soak up any water inside the blister. The area needs to be completely dry. After that you will need to spread a generous amount of roofing cement under the loose roofing material and press down. Then drive galvanized roofing nails along each side of the repaired blister. And finally cover the entire top with roofing cement, including the nail heads.
To replace damaged shakes just split the damaged shakes with a hammer and chisel. Then slide the chisel under the damaged shake and remove the pieces. You can use a hacksaw to cut off the ends of any nails that can't be pried out. Try to work around the nails if you can't saw without damaging the good shakes. After that cut a new shake about 3/8 inches (9.5 mm) smaller than the old one using a fine-toothed saw and slide the new one into place and hammer it in with 2 galvanized roofing nails. If old nails that you could not saw off are in the way, use a coping saw to cut notches into the shake so it can fit around the nails. Finally just set the heads with a nail set, then seal them with caulking compound.
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