There are many repairs that homeowners tend to tackle themselves, but roof repairs aren't typically often one of them. For basic and small repairs, however, some homeowners will attempt the do-it-yourself method. To ensure that DIY roofing repairs are done safely, quickly, and effectively, here are a few tips for homeowners.
Use Shingles That Match
If you only need to replace a shingle here and there, you may not think that you need to match the shingles exactly in terms of style, color, and brand. However, it is important to ensure that the shingles match exactly because they will be noticeable, especially from a distance. Ensuring that the shingles match will ensure that your curb appeal is maintained as well as your property value.
Wear Shoes with Rubber Soles
If you are comfortable and have good balance, you may be able to get on the roof to perform the repairs. However, before you do this, you need to ensure that you are dressed in the proper attire. You should wear jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. Most importantly, you should wear a pair of shoes with rubber soles, as these will grip the surface of the roof, ensuring you have the traction needed to prevent slipping and sliding.
Try to Salvage the Shingles
In some cases, you may be able to save some of the old shingles that you are tearing off of your roof. By doing so, you can keep from having to buy brand-new ones or being unable to match your shingles due to the shingles having been discontinued since their installation. Roofing cement and nails can be used to get curling shingles to lay back down. If the shingles are brittle, you may be able to use a heat gun to soften them to keep them from breaking as they are pushed back down.
Inspect the Flashing and Vents
If the flashing has any gaps around it or is loose in any way, it must be secured to the roof with either roof cement or roofing nails. If there is caulking present and it is cracked, it may result in leakage. To avoid potential leaks, make sure that you seal properly around the flashing, vents, and chimneys.
These are just a few of the tips that can help homeowners with do-it-yourself roofing repairs. If you have questions or need help, get in touch with a roofing repair contractor near you.