Roof repair is something that nearly anyone can perform. Older homes can have up to 3 layers of shingles that need to be removed before adding new shingles. For a novice, this can be extremely difficult. However, if you just need to patch a small roof leak, it is something nearly anyone can do. This entire website is dedicated to roof repair. We’ve seen thousands of people spend tens of thousands of dollars getting their roofs completely replaced when they could have made a few simple repairs themselves.
How do you know if you can patch your roof, or if you need a new one?
This is the million-dollar question. It really all comes down to a few key factors:
- Age of the roof
- The kind of weather it’s had to endure and how many years.
- Brand of shingle
If you’ve landed on this website, you are either searching for a contractor or searching for information on how to make a simple roof repair. If you have water leaking through your roof and into your ceiling, you need to identify the source of the leak. Typically, there will be a 1 to 2-foot area where the sheathing (plywood or planks that the shingles were nailed to) has rotted due to water leaking through. It only takes one small hole to create a huge mess.
After identifying the source of the leak, you will have a few options:
- If the area of the leak seems to be a quite small area many people attempt the patch method. The patch method requires going to your local home improvement store and purchasing a gallon of all-weather roof cement. This typically retails from £9.00 to £16.00 per can. All-weather roof cement is a thick (typically black) tar like material. It is called all-weather because it can be applied in any type of weather. Sealbest is by far the best brand, but you can get away with using a store brand if you’re on a tight budget. It comes in a 1-gallon bucket that looks just like a paint can. You will need a thick brush to apply the roof cement to your roof. All you need to do is take a good amount of the roof cement and brush it over the area where you believe the leak is. The best types of roof cement are a very flexible material to manage different temperatures and types of weather. This method will only be a temporary fix to the problem. However, many times it can add an extra 2 to 3 years before you will have to repair your entire roof. You will just have to keep patching the leaky areas.
- Remove the damaged shingles and sheathing and replace it. This can be a big challenge if the sheathing is completely rotten. You must saw out the rotten area of plywood and replace it with new plywood. (Most people use OSB). In most situations you will have to be able to get up underneath the roof to add the replacement sheathing. After you have replaced the sheathing, you will need to add some 15-pound felt and shingles. Be sure to shingle all around where the leak was found. This will ensure the leak will not start again and your shingles will not blow away.
- Hire a professional. There are plenty of handymen looking for work these days. Even if you do not want to completely repair your entire roof. A handyman would gladly patch the leak that you have for a fair price. Typically, if your roof is leaking, it’s only a matter of time before it will need to be completely replaced.
You must remember it is a very bad idea to shingle overtop of existing shingles. If you are going to replace your roof, make sure that you remove the existing shingles first. By simply covering up damaged shingles you are asking for trouble in the near future. Asphalt prices are at their highest point and you want to leverage every dollar you spend.
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