Simple roof repairing tips for small leakageApril 29, 2017
A home consists on many things, each of one has its own value and importance and a small wrong thing can ruin the whole cozy atmosphere of the house and can make things hard for people. House do need repairs every after some time, it can be because of broken locks, cracked window, broken doors, leaking pipes in bathrooms and kitchen and the worst thing that can happen to a home can be leaking roofs. The worst part about leaking roofs is that they can destroy the whole interior of the house.
Roofs work as shelters and it protect the house and people living in it from rains, sunlight, storms and snowfall and a leakage can cause rain water to fall into the house destroy the whole interior, furniture and other valuable things present in the house.
Sometimes things are not as serious as they look. The roof does not have severe leakage problem and can be repaired with using some very simple and easily available household items. If there are a little bit of leakage in a small part of the roof or a hole in the flash you can do the roof repairs yourself, there is no need to call professionals but in case of severe damage it gets important to call the professionals.
The reasons for which a professional get important are if there are multiple leaks, repair you made is not holding, some roof surface, such as ceramic tile roof, is beyond your abilities, The leak entails significant damage to roofing surface or flashed areas, leak is wicking across framing members or along walls, making it difficult for you to trace the actual source.
If you are doing it yourself here are some steps to follow in different conditions. It the shingles of the roof are damaged for whatever reason, you can repair them with a tube of roofing cement and a piece of aluminum flashing. You will need 1 inch of the flash and than 4 inches of the tap. You will have to remove the old tap by using flat pry bars. Apply the roofing cement under the shingle and then put the flashing under it use more cement of the flashing and put pressure to stick it properly.
Sometimes you will find that the shingle is broken and you need to replace it for that you will use a chisel and a hammer to split it into narrow parts and then you will have to remove them with the help of pliers. After that slip a hacksaw blade under the shingle above and cut through the nails that held the old shingle in place. Next step will be the trimming of the new shingle to match the gap made by removing the old one. Then use a wood block and hammer to tap the new shingle up into place.
Do not step on the roof too much if you do not want it to damage for a long time. Buy or rent a roofer’s ladder with a bracket that bridges the ridge of the roof in case you are going to do extensive work on the roof. Never work on a roof in icy conditions. Dark colored shingles can hide ice patches.