If you have a leaky roof, it isn’t always doom and gloom and big dollars down the drain. Often it is just confined to the rusted or broken area around the leak that needs fixing and your roof will be as good as new. For instance, if a heavy object fell on your roof causing a couple of shingles to break, all you need is to replace the damaged shingles and you will be good to go.
The first tell-tale sign that you might need a roof repair is when you spot a stain on your ceiling. These stains are often caused by a leaking roof although faulty plumbing could also be a possibility. It is better to repair the roof as soon as you notice the stain because a delayed response will cause the leak to be bigger over time and the damage done will be worse as time elapses.
When repairing a small leak in the roof, the hardest part is identifying the part that has the leak. The easiest way around this is to work your way from the ceiling to the top. The stain on the ceiling will guide you to the source of the leak and once you identify it, you can stick a wire or string in the hole before you go outside to climb the roof.
The complexity of the roof repair job largely depends on the type of material used on the roof. Shingles are relatively easy to repair. All you need to do is remove the damaged shingle and replace it with a new shingle. You may also need to replace the neighbouring shingles just to ensure they fit properly so as not to start a new leak after fixing the old one.
Working on the roof is hazardous and proper precautions should be taken. You should wear properly fitting coveralls and have a helmet on at all times. Gloves can also help prevent bruises and getting pierced by sharp objects. You should also check your ladder properly to ensure it is in good working condition before using it to climb the roof. It is also a good idea to fix the roof on a dry day to avoid slipping on the slippery surface.
Before embarking on the roofing repair, or any DIY project for that matter, you should first assess the situation to determine if it is something achievable. In some cases, repairing the roof might require the services of an expert. If you discover the damage done on your roof is too big for you to handle, you should contact a qualified roofing contractor right away. The contractor will help you assess the situation and recommend the best solution.
In cases when you need to get a contractor to do the roof repair job, you may want to take due diligence to ensure you only contract highly qualified contractors. Some contractors are quacks and will just leave a big hole in your savings as they pretend to fix the hole on the roof. Take your time to talk to some of their recent clients to find out how good they did the job before you hire them.