Have you ever wondered just what it would take to repair that irritating leak on your roof? While major repairs should often be performed by a more experienced roofer, there are many times where a DIY job is more than appropriate. Even if you are new to roof repairs, you can likely handle some small repair issues just as well as any professional.
If you have a small leak in your flat or low-sloped roof, you should first look for signs of cracks and blisters. Cut a small hole in the top layer of any blisters you find and drain them. After completely drying the area, add a generous amount of roofing cement under the blister and then drive galvanized roofing nails along the sides. Patch the entire repair area and other small cracks with a coat of roofing cement.
Curling and broken shingles should never be ignored. To repair curled shingles, apply a generous amount of asphalt roof cement or other appropriate compound to the edges of the shingle and press down firmly until set. To replace shingles, first round out their back corners and then slide it into place below the row above it. Drive roofing nails in each upper corner and cover the nail heads with roof cement.
The areas where chimneys, pipes and vents meet your roof are often problem spots. To stop leaks originating in these areas, remove the damaged caulking with a putty knife and then clean and dry the area. Make sure the roof’s structure is sound. Then reapply roofing caulk along the same line while working it into the crack. A roofing company initiating this repair will likely use the exact same method.
While you may be very capable and able to make these simple DIY repairs, there are many instances where hiring a professional roofer is the better option. This includes times when your roof is extensively damaged, has structural issues, large areas need repair, or your roof is too steep or complex. Choose your projects wisely, and be sure you have the tools and knowledge you need for each project.