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Quick Roof Repair

Quick Roof RepairYour roof is an important structural component of your home, and it also provides necessary protection from the elements: rain, snow, wind, and other weather. While most roofing repairs should be addressed by a professional, there are some small problems that can be solved quickly and easily for the experienced do-it-yourself homeowner. A small leak is the perfect example of the kind of quick roof repair that can often be handled by a novice, but more serious roof issues should always be seen by a qualified roofing contractor.

Before you attempt to repair a leak, you should ask yourself a few questions. Some overhead leaks are the result of fairly minor problems like a torn shingle or a hole in your flashing. These kinds of damage can generally be repaired with some basic tools. However, more complicated situations call for a roofer’s experience and skill; if you have failed to fix a leak after multiple attempts, call a roofer.

Assuming you have been able to locate the source of a minor leak, and you cannot see any structural damage, you may decide to fix the leak yourself. After a bad storm, it is not uncommon for shingles to become damaged so you’ll want to prevent future damage and protect your roof and home. You’ll need to gather a few supplies: a tube of roofing cement, aluminum flashing, a pry par, and a trowel.

Start by cutting the flashing so that it is slightly larger than the tear in your shingle. Carefully pry up the damaged shingle and slide the aluminum flashing under the tear. Apply two or three thick beads of roofing cement to the under-surface of the shingle and press the shingle against the flashing. Finally, apply more roofing cement over the tear to create a better seal.

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