When you are in your house, the only place that you would want to have water falling on your head is in the shower. But when you have water seeping through your roof and causing major damage, it can be a major headache. While some types of roof damage may be solved by dedicated DIYers, others require the expertise of professional roofers. For instance, if you have extensive roof damage that is characterized by multiple leaks and your own roofing repairs are not holding, or the repairs are generally beyond your realm, then it is time to call in the cavalry. However, in most cases, simple roof damage can be addressed by a committed DIYer over the course of a weekend. Below we take a look at 5 easy roofing repair tips as follows:
1. Identify the source of leaks
This is often easier said than done. The first sign that your roof is leaking is usually water stains found on the ceiling. Therefore, work from the ground with binoculars or use a ladder to see if there are any missing, cracked, or curled shingles. Also, be aware that leaks can be found where flashing and caulking have been damaged, at points where shingles butt, or through tent-shaped shingles and end caps. Lastly, do not forget to check for wear around chimney vents and pipes and for any loose materials around the chimney.
2. Flatten any curled shingles
You can secure and flatten any curled shingles by using adhesive compounds in a caulk gun, or applying asphalt roofing cement using a brush. Hold down the shingles’ edges and corners as you carry out the roofing repairs to ensure that they do not lift up again.
3. Replace missing, rotten, and damaged shingles
To remove damaged shingles, raise up the edges of surrounding ones and remove nails using a pry bar or hammer. The selected shingle should then slide out. Thereafter, align and slide in the new shingle(s) with those on either side and fasten it using galvanized roofing nails (ensure that you hammer one nail in each corner of the shingle(s).
4. Reseal dormers and chimneys
Using roofing cement and a caulking gun, you can prevent the leaks that sometimes occur around dormers and chimneys by resealing the metal flashing joints.
5. Get rid of the old roof
If you decide to call in professional roofers to remove your entire roof, then you can begin facilitating the process by getting rid of the old shingles yourself. There are instances when contractors may be inclined to leave an old roof in place and construct a new one on top of it. However, with the roof cleared, you and your contractor can inspect not only the decking, but other areas for structural damage as well; saving you a lot of grief and money down the road.