Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Roof-repair tips: How to fix leaks and broken shingles.

KNK RooFix.
 Roof-repair tipsHow to fix leaks and broken shingles.
Some roof problems are clearly for experts, but you should be able to fix minor leaks and broken shingles yourself. Here are some DIY roof tips, plus useful safety advice for when you get that ladder out.
It’s amazing how many small structural things can go wrong around your house. Whether it’s the front-door lock, that won’t let you into your own home or the cracked window, that won’t keep the cold out, small household problems can have a big effect. For most of these, there’s no need to call for a repair professional — the solution lies in tapping your ingenuity and using a few common household materials in innovative ways. Even when it seems that the roof is falling in  or the floor is opening up beneath you — there are often simple ways to solve larger problems on your own.
1. Go with the pro. Assessing a roof leak.
Some overhead leaks are due to minor problems — such as a single torn shingle or a small hole in flashing — that you can usually handle with a little DIY experience and some basic tools. But in other situations call for a roofer’s expertise. If you can’t fix the problem quickly and completely, call a professional as soon as possible; water damage spreads quickly, even from a small leak. A licensed roofer is best when:
  • There are multiple leaks.
  • The leak is wicking across framing members or along walls, making it difficult for you to trace the source.
  • A repair you made is not holding.
  • The leak entails significant damage to roofing surface or flashed areas.
  • The roof surface, such as ceramic tile roof, is beyond your abilities.
2. Shingles bar: A bad storm has damaged a shingle on your roof; you need to protect the roof from further damage by way of the compromised shingle.
The quick fixGather a tube of roofing cement and a piece of aluminum flashing (available at home centers). Cut the flashing about 1 inch narrower than the ripped tab and about 4 inches longer so that it extends under the tabs on either side. Use a flat pry bar to carefully loosen the damaged tab and the tabs to the left and right. Next, apply two or three thick beads of roofing cement to the surface beneath the shingle.
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