Roofing Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Your roof needs to be in great condition in order to last the decades that it is capable of lasting. There are times when it will need fixing. Should you leave the work to a professional or can you do the repairs yourself?

You can do some repairs yourself, but make sure you are not afraid of heights. You will need to climb a ladder to get up on the roof. While it is always a good idea to leave repairs to your local roofers, you can often fix small leaks or replace damaged shingles without too much cost or time.

Here are some hints for fixing leaks and shingles collected from Remember that if your roof needs extensive repair after a storm to check your homeowner’s insurance policy. These repairs might be covered.

Leaks can usually be repaired quickly. With roofing mastic that you can buy at a home improvement store, you simply spray it in the hole or wherever a leak may be. To replace a damaged shingle or two, be sure you start the repair when the weather is moderate.

Do not do it when it is extremely hot or cold. First, loosen the tabs that are on the broken shingles. Use a flat bar tool to pry the shingle up and off. Be sure you do not tear at it. Take your new shingle and apply it to the roof nailing the center row of nails in first. Add the next row of nails above that one.

As long as you are confident that you can get up on your roof safely, you can fix leaks and replace shingles. This will be effective in maintaining your roof and allowing it to last as long as possible. You can always hire a roofing contractor to do more repairs later on. The repairs you do can be temporary fixes which will let you buy more time to getting a professional repair done.

Be careful when making repairs. You want to do them correctly otherwise you may need to hire a professional roofing company to fix your repair anyway. Remember to check your insurance policy before you do anything extensive. Most storm damage is covered under a homeowner’s policy.

When you take care of your roof, you will be improving your home and adding value to it. You will also be able to get more life out of this important investment.


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