Repairing your roof can be a difficult job that is best left to the professionals. However, there are certain repairs you might be able to tackle yourself if you’re up for the job. Gather your tools, grab your ladder, and head on up!
Use your trusty metal pry bar to separate the faulty shingle from the other one that it’s attached to. From here you can begin removing the roofing nails from the shingle. You will also have to remove the nails from the shingle above it since they are nailed together. From here you can place the new shingle in place and begin nailing it back in place. Finish the job by applying a new sealant in between the new and surrounding shingles.
When looking for a roof leak you’ll want to spray your roof with water from your garden hose. Look in common leak areas like skylights, chimneys, vents, and roof intersections. Water should be dripping into your attic so try and have a friend stand here while you’re spraying down the roof. You can also inspect your attic for mold, mildew, brown water stains, and rot. Remember that just because there’s mold and water damage doesn’t mean there’s a leak present. Your attic could just be filled with condensation due to a lack of ventilation.
Know When to Go Pro
There a few pieces of maintenance you can do to your home’s roof, but more times than not you’ll want a pro to help you out. One weak spot in your roof can shorten its lifespan by almost half if it’s exposed to harsh weather conditions. Don’t take too much of a chance by using a DIY guide; know when to call in the experts.
When your roof needs a repair it’s best to be educated enough to make the right decision on how to repair it. When you’re not up for the challenge, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.