Are you currently having trouble with your roof, specifically leaks that may cause problems during the rainy season? Perhaps you have had some other type of damage where shingles have blown off, exposing the plywood underneath, and you know that you need to get this fixed before any type of precipitation starts to fall. If you would like to do some roof restoration, and you would prefer not paying a professional because of the cost, here are three roof restoration DIY tips that you can use to get your roof fully functional. Check all the types of shingles.
How To Fix A Leak
The first thing that you should do if you are having problems with a leak is to go up on the roof right away. Where the leak is occurring, it is probably the result of shingles that are out of place, missing, or the tarpaper underneath has blown away. You will want to insert new tarpaper under the old, affix it to the roof, and then add new shingles on the top. This will prevent the leak from getting any worse, and when you can afford to, you should have it properly reroof to prevent any further problems.
Repairing Missing Shingles
If you have had a windstorm recently that has blown shingles away, and you are worried that further damage will occur. You need to bring up any spare shingles that you probably have out in your garage from the time that the house was actually done, and reroof the area where the shingles are missing. Be sure to add the shingles from the bottom up so that the rain does not go into the roof itself, a common problem that tends to occur with people that have never done any roofing before. This will act as a patch, or if it’s not too bad, it may actually fix the entire problem, best not requiring someone that will have to come out to do this for you.
If you have a broken or damaged piece of oriented strand board or plywood on top of your roof as a result of some type of catastrophic accident such as a tornado, and it is possible to repair this one portion, you will have to remove all of the tarpaper and shingles that are attached to the broken piece, remove that plywood, and put in a new one. Just make sure that it is the proper thickness which is either 3/8 of an inch or half an inch, depending upon the regulations in your particular county. As long as it matches up, you can then reroof the entire area so that it is virtually as good as new.
It’s actually not that hard to do some of these repairs on your own. As long as you have the proper tools, anything is possible. You can even find videos on YouTube which will show you exactly what steps to take, the materials that you will need, and how to do these repairs as quickly as possible. As mentioned before, if you are not able to do this type of work very efficiently, you might consider hiring a professional roofer to help you out. Otherwise, use these three roof restoration DIY tips so that you can repair these problems if you are currently facing them, saving you a lot of money.