Although you thought you would never have to fix your roof, there are minor damages that appear in time and require immediate repairs to avoid further complications. While severe problems need professional assistance, there are small leaks that you can fix yourself without having to resort to an expert or having to replace the entire roof. Here is how you can manage to repair a leaky roof in perfect safety conditions.
Take your safety measures
Before initiating any repairing project, make sure you take the adequate safety measures that will prevent you from falling off the roof and hurting yourself. Always choose a sunny day to repair the roof because a wet surface is dangerous and slippery. Use safety ropes when you get on the roof and wear rubber-soled shoes that will provide the best traction.
How to fix shingles roofing
Most houses have shingles roofing and these are the ones that leak the most because they often break and curl. When you start replacing broken shingles, look closely over the entire roofing area, straighten the ones that are curled back and remove the shingles that are severely damaged. You can do this using heat from a hair dryer and avoid using a torch because asphalt shingles may be flammable and a high temperature can damage even the good shingles. If you had to remove several shingles that were too damaged to be straightened, replace them with new ones after cleaning the area underneath them. Once the new shingle is in place, secure it with galvanized roofing nails and cover the nails heads with roofing cement.
How to repair damaged shakes
Damaged shakes often allow the water to leak, so you must replace them with new ones as soon as you notice any crack. First, remove the broken shakes using a chisel and a hammer and cut off the ends of the nails that keep the shakes in place. Cut a new shake slightly smaller that the old one, slide it into place and hammer it with 2 galvanized roofing nails. Last, seal the nails heads with caulking compound and make sure the leaks are fixed.
How to cover leaks in the connections
If you notice areas with damaged or deteriorated caulking, remove it using a putty knife, clean the surface and dry it before fixing the leak, so that the new caulk will adhere to the surface. Once the are is clean and dry, reapply new caulk where necessary, especially around the chimney and the vents.