Roof Repair Tips
While waiting for licensed Contractors, 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 to relieve the water ressure. On the outside of the roof, you can use plastic sheeting or tar paper. The smallest oles may be patched by using a trowel to spread roofing 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 2X4’s, square off the hole ith 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 a trowel-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.
Spotting Roof Problems
Resist the urge to get up on a ladder to require a better check out your broken roof. Leave that to an expert. Here’s some inspection recommendation.
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 could also fall off or through a weak, damaged roof. If you discover massive accumulations of shingle surface granules within the gutters, it doesn’t essentially mean the roof must get 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.