Should your roof be in need of repairs and you want to save some money, you can try doing the work by yourself. While not being a replacement for a professional roofing job, smaller jobs can be conducted by homeowners who don’t fear heights.
Different Kinds of Roof Repair
Prior to taking on any DIY roof repair work, remember that not all problems are as straightforward as you might believe.
- What may seem like an easy task of replacing a couple of shingles may be a much larger problem which requires expert assistance.
- If dealing with fibreglass and need epdm roof repair supplies, use a well-established dealer.
If it is actually some missing or damaged shingles, and in one area of the roof, you may just need to replace those few shingles.
- Make sure to find new shingles which are identical to those on your roof
You’ll have to fully remove the old ones and possibly those around them if they’ve also come loose. Use both a shingle adhesive and nails to keep them securely in place.
A Partial Reroofing
Partial reroofing’s involves removing shingles on an area of a roof, and replacing them with new ones. It may also mean just lay down new shingles over an entire area.
- This helps to make patches less obvious if you couldn’t obtain an exact match to those already on the roof.
If your roof has been fully damaged, or if there are localised parts which require repair and the whole roof itself is approaching its age limit, it might be a good idea to reroof all of it.
For Any Minimal Type of Roof Repair
Any smaller type of DIY roof repair jobs, can in most cases be conducted by do-it-yourself homeowners without too much hassle.
Use the below tips to make things a little bit easier and safer:
- Make sure you wear rubber soled shoes to help get the best traction when doing any roof repair.
- Dispose of and replace any shingles which pull completely loose or free from your roof.
- Flatten out curling shingles and re-stick their edges to the roof by use of caulk or roofing adhesive.
- Use a heat gun to soften brittle curled shingles to put a stop to breaking them.
- Ensure that the back edge of a new shingle slides under the shingles behind it, and the front edge lines up with the shingle on both sides.
- Secure the top of each new shingle with galvanized roofing nails, and then cover the each nail head with roof cement. Spread the cement under the rest of the shingle to help keep it in place.
- Fill all joints around your flashing with roof cement to ensure that they are correctly sealed in place.
- Employ extra roof cement with a putty knife to all seams which look cracked or worn.
By following the above and keeping your roof in good repair, your roof should give you many years of good use.
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