ROOF REPAIR TIPS
Utilizing these tips will better prepare you for our arrival. Taking a few minor steps can save you thousands of dollars on the overall cost of your roof repair.
While waiting for our arrival, there are two temporary remedies for leaks you can use. Before climbing onto the roof of your home, know this: It is easy to slip, particularly on wet tile and there is danger from tree branches, power lines and ladders. Repairs are made from the outside. On the inside, set up buckets under leaky areas and to relieve the water pressure. On the outside of the roof, you can use plastic sheeting or tar paper. The smallest holes may be patched by using a trowel to spread roofing plastic cement over them.
- This is the most temporary measure. Take heavy plastic sheets – a brand name is Visqueen – and use roofing nails to fasten them around the hole.
- If you can find 2 by 4’s, square off the hole with the wood first. Then wrap the plastic around the wood and nail down the wood.
- If you can’t get wood or nails, use bricks, cement blocks or sandbags to hold down the plastic.
- This is known as tar paper or roofing felt. Find it in the building materials sections of stores. It is applied with trowel-grade roofing plastic cement and a trowel.
- The paper generally is sold in rolls by weight (15-, 30- and 90- weight paper are common) per 100 square feet.
- The paper is best applied in overlapping layers – alternating the cement and paper – from the bottom of the roof upward.
To ensure that you are hiring a reputable contractor, make sure that they are NARI Certified. [National Association of the Remodeling Industry] Also, make sure that their Contractor’s License is up to date and that they are bonded and insured. Southland Remodeling, Inc meets all of these standards, plus we are very easy to work with. Give us a call and we will be happy to come out to give you a free walk-through and an honest estimate.
Spotting Roof Problems
Resist the urge to get up on a ladder to take a closer look at your damaged roof. Leave that to a professional.
From the Ground
If you need a closer look, use binoculars. Look for torn or missing shingles and problems in the valleys – where two sloping sections join at an angle. Because water flows heavily in the valleys, they are especially vulnerable.
A Closer Look
If you can’t see from a distance, wear non-slip, rubber-soled shoes and use a firmly braced or tied-off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet.
Don’t Walk on the Roof!
- You could dislodge the protective surface granules, diminishing waterproofing effectiveness. You also could fall off or through a weak, damaged roof.
- If you find large accumulations of shingle surface granules in the gutters, it doesn’t necessarily mean the roof needs to be replaced. A contractor should inspect the roof, however.
- Tile roofs should be checked for cracked, missing or loose pieces of roofing material. For asphalt or wood-shingle roofs, look for protruding nails.
- On flat roofs, look for bare spots in the gravel surface and check for standing water.
- Take a close look at the flashing on chimneys, vents, skylights, wall/roof junctions and other areas where the integrity of the roof may be compromised.
- Check television antennas and other add-ons to see if there are leaks that are a result of improper sealing of openings made in the roof.
Utilizing these tips will better prepare you for our arrival. Taking a few minor steps can save you thousands of dollars on the overall job. Give us a call. We are happy to help – fast!