Roofing repairs can be expensive for a home owner if they have to call a maintenance contractor every time. Roofs are exposed to weather elements, strong winds, heavy debris and people walking on them and so many other factors that make the roof prone to damage. Damage to your roof means damage to your entire property and therefore it is important to ensure that the roof is fixed whenever an issue is spotted. Here are some simple DIY repairs that you can engage in at home. Remember climbing up the roof could be dangerous and therefore do not do anything that can cause you harm or injury.
Leaks and Moisture
These are some of the most common roof problems that a home owner can fix themselves. The first step in fixing a leak involves identifying where the leak is happening. To identify the leak look inside the house where you can see patches of discoloration. When you have spotted the patches move up on the roof and examine what the cause could be. If nothing seems out of the ordinary there then it is also possible that the water is coming from another part of the roof. You might need also to climb up there with a hose and soak the area where you suspect the leak to be at. Continue this until you have identified the source of the leak. Areas where you have projections on the roof like the chimneys are vulnerable for leaks because the flashing that is used to cover the spaces could come out or could be improperly installed. Check such areas and ensure that the flashing is well in place and the sealant also. Moisture penetration could also occur due to inadequate flow or debris on the roof. When you have identified the leak you should then fix the flashing or use a sealant. If there is physical damage on the shingles have them replaced. Also ensure that the nails are not lose or not in place. You might also need to clear debris on the roof so that water flows easily off the roof.
Shingles can break due to some debris falling on them or due to wear and tear. A broken shingle exposes the framing and can easily allow elements in your house. To replace a shingle ensure that you have aluminum flashing and roofing cement. Carefully remove the shingle and loosen the one on the right and the left to the damaged one. Apply the roofing cement and place a strip of the flashing on it so that it extends on both sides to the other shingles. Apply another layer of roofing cement on the flashing and place the shingle snugly in place. Press on the shingle to ensure that it holds and is in place. Press on the other shingles also so that all of them are in the tab.