Repair your roof before its too late
Whether you've got leaks caused by cracked or missing shingles or a blistered area on a flat roof, there are times when you will have to look into getting roof repairs. Roof repair can be as easy as climbing a ladder and replacing a few shingles, or it can be a dangerous job that should be left to a professional roofing contractor.
When it comes to extensive roof repairing, it's always better to consult or hire a professional. Roofing contractors can be expensive, but it's better to pay the price than attempt to do the job yourself – you might get hurt, or you might make a costly mistake.
Flat roof repair is much easier than trying to fix a sloping roof. If your house has a sloping roof, that's one more reason to hire a professional. For roofs that slope, roof brackets and boards are required to give you extra footing and support, and it may be more economical to hire someone that already owns those materials than it would be to buy or rent them.
How to Repair a Roof
Asphalt shingles are considered the easiest type of roofing product for do-it-yourself homeowners to replace. However, no matter what types of shingles you're planning on purchasing, all roofing materials need to overlap to shed water and resist air uplift. Thus, buying the right amount of shingles for your roof is essential.
If you're planning on totally replacing your roof, measure the length and the width of the roof, then multiply the measurements together to find the total square footage. Divide the product 100 – that's the number of "squares" you'll need for your roof. It's always best to buy a couple extra squares for cutting and future repairs.
If you only want to replace damaged shingles, you can estimate the number you'll need by surveying your roof. You'll want to replace shingles with ones that are similar in size, weight and color. To remove damaged shingles, either use hand tools like a small pry bar to pull out the nails or use a linoleum knife to cut the shingles away. Next, apply roofing cement to the replacement shingle and then nail it down. Roofing cement seals the nails can help protect against leaks.
Metal roofs usually have seams that hold its sections together. Metal roof repair becomes necessary if these seams rust or start to leaks. If this occurs, applying a caulking sealant is something any handyman should be able to do.