Specialty stores and construction markets now supply DIY-ers all the tools and materials they need to build and repair on their own. However, the right tools and enthusiasm are not enough. Good training and knowledge about how to execute a work and what should be taken into account when it comes to a construction project are indispensable.
DIY roof repairs are no exception, especially since working at a height implies taking special precautionary measures. First and foremost, we recommend that you install suitable and functional accessories for working safely on the roof, as well as wearing proper work equipment. If these basic requirements cannot be met, DIY roof repairs should not be performed, and we recommend you rely on the best roofers Snellville has to complete the repairs.
On the other hand, if you have the proper safety equipment and you also know what you are doing so there is no risk to do more damage than good, you can consider performing DIY roofing repairs and save the money you would normally pay to a professional roofer.
Here are some operations that you can do and a few tips on how to perform them efficiently.
Finding and repairing the source of a water leak
As soon as you notice a sign of water infiltration, you must identify the source of the leak. This involves checking thoroughly the roof from the exterior and the interior, identifying the area where water found its way in, assessing the damage and, in the end, repairing it. In particular, you should look for damaged or missing shingles or loose material around the chimney and other roof penetrations, as these are the vulnerable areas.
If you spot broken or missing shingles, replacing them is quite easy. You will need new shingles and accessories, as well as roofing cement and some special type of adhesive compound. You will have to remove the damaged shingles and accessories first, using a pry bar or a hammer, then align properly the new shingles, fix them with the nails and then apply roofing cement and an additional adhesive compound to seal your work. Resealing dormers and chimneys goes pretty much the same way.
Replacing damaged vents
Roof vents are extremely important, therefore their condition must be checked periodically. Plastic roof vents are more prone to crack, but metal ones can also have broken seams. Either way, you will have to replace the entire broken vent. You will have to use rubber-washer screws and apply caulk on either side of the vent, between the shingles, not just to hold them in place but also to create a water barrier. However, keep in mind to avoid over-relying on caulk, as it is not the magic tool that fixes all your roof problems; it is just the extra-barrier used after performing the necessary mechanical repairs (replacing broken pieces). Caulk is good to fill in small holes, but if the problems are more extensive, you will have to reconsider you repair approach.
Replacing rusted step flashing
Flashing is an important roof accessory. If it rusts, water is allowed to run behind it and into the house. Replacing rusted step flashing involves removing shingles, prying loose the siding and taking out the old flashing before attaching the new pieces.