Today’s world requires us to be hands on at all times. Roof repair is not an exception. However, it can be a daunting task and can consume a lot of time. If you are not able to do it yourself, it is always a good idea to contact a qualified contractor who can handle the work for you, at a fee of course. There are many areas of the roof that may require maintenance and repair.
Repairing the roof shouldn’t cost too much. You should compare the cost of repair with the cost of installing a new roof and then make a decision. Sometimes it makes more sense to get a new roof altogether. Some of the things you should remember are:
Fix the wood underneath
Before anything, you should get the wood underneath fixed. This will help you avoid structural problems later. Professionals always take some time to check the wood that is beneath the shingles before they repair or replace the roof. Using damaged wood will only shorten the life of the new shingles.
The roof shingles should not be placed directly on the wood
It is not wise to place your roof shingles on the underlying wood directly. The roof helps you a lot in insulation and so you should try as much as possible to keep it watertight. Using a protective covering that is made from insulating material can help keep the ice and water out. This is something that you should consider, especially if you are in an area that gets snow and rain. Having insulation will maintain the shingles for a longer period of time.
Roof leaks can be very troublesome. Such leaks may not be detectable for months to come until such a time when water starts filtering through your attic. Locating the source of the leak can be a daunting task as well. One tip to locate the leaking area is to do water test when the weather is dry and fair. All you need is to have one person in the attic with a bucket and torch while the other person climbs onto the roof with a water hose. The one inside the attic will have to check for leaking signs when the other hoses the roof.
When the leak is located, you can try to fix it temporarily and then get a roofer to inspect and give a professional diagnosis. You can fix the leak by getting a metal sheeting piece and then placing it under the leaking shingle.
If the leak is in the piping and air vents, you need to replace the rubber seals. Usually, such leaks are easy to locate so you can get a faster solution. This is another area that is worth checking when you are replacing or repairing the roof.
Before you repair or replace a roof, you will need to check the gutters. These are areas that can be clogged with debris and leaves and may make it hard for water to run off your roof. Clean the gutters as thoroughly as possible to eliminate the clog.