Best Tips for Roof Repair – The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.
Best Tips for Roof Repair
While most homeowners may not want to attempt a DIY roof repair project, there are situations when it makes sense, especially for smaller repairs and for people with at least some basic building and roofing expertise. Sometimes it is necessary for you to take this step and do the roof repair of your real estate.
Following are some of the best possible tips for speedy and effective roof repair:
- Matching shingles should be used:
Whether you simply need to change a few shingles, you could assume that it won’t matter if the brand, color, and design match exactly. Think again. Even small variations in shingle type may frequently be seen from a distance. If you want to keep your property’s “curb appeal” while preserving its value, a precise match is essential.
- Use shoes with a rubber sole:
Make sure you are appropriately attired if you are dexterous enough to maintain your balance when doing roof repairs from a rooftop. It is advised to wear long pants, ideally jeans, and a long-sleeved top to avoid personal injury. The most crucial item, though, is to put on rubber-soled shoes that will grip the roof since slick surfaces can cause deadly slips and slides.
- Save the shingles:
In certain cases, it is possible to conserve existing shingles rather than buy new ones or run the risk of being unable to match the shingles because the item has been discontinued. To hold curled-up shingles in place, use roofing cement in conjunction with roofing nails. To prevent them from breaking as you push them to the ceiling if they are fragile, you may frequently use a heat gun to soften them.
- Repair vs Replace:
You can quickly fix your roof if the damage is limited to a few isolated spots. However, don’t squander your time and money mending broken items. There are a variety of indicators that can help you determine the difference, such as shingles that seem naked, gutters clogged with shingle dust, easily broken shingle or shingles that are curled up and won’t fall back down, as well as age and a manufacturer’s guarantee that has run out.
- Flashing during rain:
Flashing has to be fastened to the rooftop with nails and/or roof cement if it is loose or has holes around it. Even if the caulk is present but broken, leaks might still occur. Avoid a pricey roof leak by making sure the areas surrounding vents, flashing, and chimneys are sealed. This will prevent water from coming into your home and thus prevent any slip and fall accidents.
- Cover the nail heads:
Use nails that won’t rust quickly, such as galvanized steel or aluminum. However, be careful to keep all nails slightly above the shingle they are in, just below the shingle. If you can’t do that, cover the nail heads with caulk or roof sealant.
- Contact the professionals:
The virtue of caution always triumphs over bravery, and taking on more than you can handle is never brave. Never hesitate to call in the experts when you don’t know how to repair a roof issue, lack the time or expertise to handle it, or don’t feel secure doing it.