If you have a small leak in your residential asphalt shingle, metal tile, or wood shingle roof, you can fix it yourself if you are careful. Here are directions to repair small leaks in those residential roofs:
Asphalt Shingles - Search in the area of the leak for any obviously crumbling or warped asphalt shingles. With a pry bar, loosen the damaged asphalt shingles and remove them. Take the removed asphalt shingles to a building supply store to purchase replacement shingles that match the color of your existing shingles. Also, buy tar paper and tar roofing cement. Repair the leaky asphalt shingle roof as follows:
Metal Tiles - The metals most commonly used to make roofing tiles are steel, aluminum, and copper. Although these metals are some of the strongest materials to use for a roof, they sometimes need to be repaired due to age and weather damage. Repair a leaky metal roof as follows:
Wood Shingles - Search the roof area for the leak and identify the cracked or damaged wood shingles. Remove damaged shingles by splitting them lengthwise with a wood chisel and removing them. Repair the area as follows:
With a keen eye and some basic tools, you can fix your residential roof yourself if you only have one or two leaks. Be careful on the roof and always work in calm and sunny weather. Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands. Limit yourself from walking or crawling too much on your roof as you could damage more shingles or tiles.
If you have a steeply pitched roof or other complications, it is best to call a professional roofing contractor to fix your roof. Companies like Homestreet Roofing Inc. may be able to meet your needs in this area.Share
21 February 2016
When I married my husband 10 years ago, I agreed to move into the ranch home he already owned. Initially, we planned to live in this house for five years and then after a few years of marriage we wanted to buy our dream home. After our wedding, many things in our lives changed. We both got different jobs. And we decided to transform the house my husband owned when we married into our forever home. To accomplish this task, we have begun a major renovation project. The first job on our list was a new roof. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of roofs to install on a brick home.