One of the hardest things to do is stand on the ground and make an honest assessment of the condition of your roof. There are many different parts of a roof, some far more prone to deterioration than others. Parts of your roof that face north, or are shaded more, tend to be worse off than where the sun shines, but the hot sun can also be bad as well. Here are some tips on home roof repairs to get you started.
Pay Special Attention To Roof Cap
If the main portion of your roof shingles are cupped, have lost their sand, or are missing sections, you’ll really have to reshingle the whole things soon. However, if you uppermost shingle along the ridge has cracked, you can carefully tear those off and replace them. It’s not a hard job if your roof is walkable if you have to work on a steep roof, or from a ladder, it’s time to call a professional.
All you have to do is get some matching shingles and cut them exactly like the roof cap that’s there already. Then pull the old ones off and renail new ones exactly the same. They should overlap the same and be nearly identical in most every detail. Due to fading, you may have trouble matching the color, so be aware of that.
Valleys And Flashings Are Also Likely To Wear Out Early
The valleys are another part that tends to wear out much sooner than the rest of the roof. They are a little harder to do if you haven’t done one before, but if you see several of them are bad you may be able to hire a roofing contractor to replace just that part. Then, you should be able to get another five to seven years from the rest of your roof.
Flashings are another weak point, but mostly because when people reroof their homes they just put new shingles over the old, and leave the same flashings in place. When flashings rust out they usually cause leaks that can be detrimental to your interior walls and ceilings, so you need to do them right.
Many times you can install a new flashing directly over the old as long as you make sure that the shingles overlap the same way. If not, you may have to install larger flashings tucked farther under the existing shingles and then patch with tar based roof patch or roof cement.
This will only be a temporary fix, lasting a few years until you completely reroof you house.
One of the biggest problems with a leaking roof is that the water tends to run down on the inside of your home and come out quite a distance from the actual leak. When you climb up to take a look, always inspect higher up on the roof all the way to the peak above where the leak comes through inside.
If these tips on home roof repairs sound too difficult for you, or you aren’t comfortable climbing a ladder, then you might want to call a roofing contractor to do the work. You can at least have one come and give you a free quote and an honest assessment of the problems you have.