If it’s that time of the year again when the raindrops fall inside your house in scattered places and directions, you know you are in a dire need to get your roof repaired. First of all, you shouldn’t wait this long to get the roof repaired. Second of all, why would you let your roof damage to an extent that the rain is interrupting with your daily schedule? Even if the rain isn’t a situation in your case, and our hypothetical reason is just that, there might be some other reason as to why your roof is leaking. It simply implies that you were negligent enough to ignore the warning signs, which lead to a serious roof damage. Regardless of ifs and buts, we are clear that it is about time you take serious action against these leaks. One of the common and easiest method would be to just opt for a repairing professional and get the work done. However, you do have another path too, and that is only for the do-it-yourselfers. If only you know about how to get things fixed and have a patience to go about doing that on your own, you should venture into fixing the roof on your own. If you are, that’s great, because today, we are in a mood to help you out. Here is how you can repair your own roof easily.
Locate The Leak:
The foremost thing that needs to be sorted out is where exactly the leak is coming from, or what exactly the source is. Sometimes it won’t be obvious, so you will have to dig out. Thus, before making any sort of assumptions, you need to do a thorough checking on where the leakage is coming from. We know it is easier said than done. To help you start, the first sign of a leaking roof is generally the water stains on the ceiling. You can use a ladder or binoculars to see if there are any cracked, curled or missing shingles. You can consult the North Sydney Roofing repair technicians or just beware and remember that leaks could be anywhere and everywhere. The leaks can be found in areas where shingles butt, caulking or flashing have been damaged or through tent-shaped and end cap shingles. Apart from the mentioned, check around the chimney to see if there are any loose materials. There can be wear and tear around the vents and chimney pipes too.
Mess With The Shingles:
If the problem is with the shingles, you can easily but carefully mess with them to get your work done. By using adhesive compounds in a caulk gun or applying a coat of asphalt roofing cement with a brush can help flatten and secure the curled shingles. While doing this, carefully hold down the corners and edges of the shingles to make sure they don’t lift up again. In case of damage and rotting on the shingles, they must be removed or replaced. To remove a damaged shingle, raise up the edges of the surrounding ones and remove the nails with a hammer. Once the old one slide out, slide in and align a new shingle with those on either side and fasten with the help of galvanized roofing nails.
Reseal Chimneys & Dormers:
If the problem is with dormers and chimneys, and you believe that nothing more than resealing them should be done, go ahead and DIY. All you need to do is to use a caulking gun and roofing cement. With the help of both, you can stop that leak that sometimes occur around dormers and chimneys. Once you apply roofing cement with the help of the gun strategically, the joints of the metal flashing will be resealed. Thus, the leakages or other problems caused around the area won’t occur again.
Lastly, if you think that the ball needs to be sent to the professional’s court, then you can facilitate the procedure and lessen the bill by removing the old shingles on your own. Once the roof cleared, you and the contractor can easily inspect around for any structural damage. But, always remember that if you can do something on your own, go about doing it yourself. Roof repairing isn’t that hard, if you have the heart and the right tools in place.