DIY Roofing and Roof Repair Tips

Roofing Tips You Can Do Yourself

It’s possible to handle many common roof repairs and roof leaks on your own and below are a few tips to help you with that.  Before you take on any Do It Yourself Roofing project though be sure you consider safety first. Being up on a slanted roof is hard enough for anyone, let alone someone who isn’t used to spending time up there.  Take precautions and wear rubber shoes to help prevent slipping. If you can’t harness yourself in some way at least have someone else out there with you.

 

Keep Your Roof and Gutters Clean

Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it’s wintertime because it’s not safe to run water on the roof when it’s freezing out.common cause for roof leaks are clogged gutters One of the most common areas and causes for roof leaks are clogged gutters. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain.

Prevent Ice Buildup

In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem.

Avoid Dry Rot

Dry rot isn’t related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing a ridge vent, which will only work if there is a soffit vent. Holes have to be drilled through the soffit vents so cool air comes in through the bottom and pushes the hot air out through the top.

Prevent Ice Buildup

In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem.

Inspect Your Roof Materials

Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they’ve been nailed down. Faulty installation with nails and shingles can also play a big part in leaks. Nails could be nailed too low and it will start pushing back up. Make sure to always check merchandise before getting on the roof.

Check Intersections and Valleys

A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that’s where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth.

By keeping your roof clean, tending to standard maintenance, and inspecting your roof frequently you can eliminate a lot of potential roof leaks and roof repairs and save yourself a ton of time and money!
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