If you don’t want your roof falling on your head, then make sure you conduct regular roof inspections and repairs as necessary. However, there still are some DIY tricks that can really amp your roof game to the top and ensure you have a good-looking roof for ages. Here are 5 of our selection:
Glue it Up
Is your roof leaking? The first sign of leaking is usually water stains on the ceiling. Most of the time, roof leaks happen because of curled up, cracked or missing shingles. If you’re facing a roof leak, simple glue that can join the shingles together can always help. However, if the leak is persistent, then a roof expert should be call!
Curled up Shingles
Curled up shingles can cause water accumulation and leaks. You can flatten and secure curled shingles by applying a coat of asphalt roofing cement with a brush, or using other adhesive compounds in a caulk gun. Hold down the shingles’ corners and edges as you do this to ensure they don’t lift up again.
Damaged, rotten and missing shingles are one of the major causes for roof deterioration in houses. To remove a damaged shingle, rise up the edges of the surrounding shingles and remove its nails with a hammer or pry bar. The shingle should then easily slide off. Slide in and align the new shingle with those on either side and fasten it with galvanized roofing nails while always ensuring you hammer one in each corner of the shingle to provide maximum stability.
Using a calking gun and roofing cement, you can also stop the leaks that sometimes occur around chimneys and dormers, resealing the joints of the metal flashing. This is especially recommended if your roof has been facing off strong winds and hurricanes over the years. Roofs tend to become weaker by the year and constant repairing and maintenance will ensure your chimneys and dormers are not leaking in any way.
Remove Old Roof
While an older roof may provide a vintage look to your house, it is also prone to deteriorate more. The best thing to do is replace the entire roof! And who better to do it than some professionals. Professional contractors will be best suited to provide a personalised service and bring to life a roof that you like and that suits your home perfectly.