Roofing is serious business. Whether it’s leaking, deteriorating, or damaged, it’s likely going to require professional inspection and repair. But as you are liable to discover, professional roofing might not be the most cost effective method. Here’s a few Do-It-Yourself roofing maintenance tips you may want to consider in order to help increase the longevity of your roof and preserve its quality.
Replacing a faulty / missing shingle
- Ensure that the shingle in cool to the touch. If not, cool it down with some cold water.
- Separate the shingle using a metal pry bar.
- Remove the nails from the shingle you wish to replace, also from the attached shingle above. The nails run through both.
- Using the manufacturers’ manual instructions, replace the missing or faulty shingle with the newly purchased ones.
- Be sure to re-seal the shingles to prevent them from flying away.
Detecting a leak – What to look for
- Gravity pushes water downward. Check chimneys, skylights, and vents for leakage.
- Look for stains on the wood (algae stains), discoloration on the walls, rotten wooden areas that are usually located underneath or around the area of the leak source.
- Look for roof penetrations, items lodged into the roof is one of the most common sources leaking.
- Remove shingles from the area in which you suspect the leak to be coming from.
- If your home has an attic, look for water stains, black marks, or mold forming on the walls and underneath the roof. Use a flashlight to see clearly.
- Determining the amount of ventilation your home needs is critical in the replacement of a vent. Advise your local building code for the proper ventilation requirements.
- Research what type of vent style best accommodates your home and how many you’ll need to achieve effective ventilation.
- Follow the guidelines in the manual instructions booklet.
- Fasten the vent securely to ensure that it doesn’t blow away from high winds.
- Because require working from a higher part of your roof, be sure to have the proper safety equipment to lower the risk of bodily harm.
For any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Bauerle Roofing @ 317-985-2344