How to Repair a Damaged Roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Without it in top condition, everything else inside can become compromised over time.

If you see signs of a leaky roof, like damp stains in the attic or water marks on the ceiling, it’s important to take action right away.

Shingles

The shingles of your roof are the first line of defense against rain, sun and wind. Loose or damaged shingles should be repaired promptly to prevent water leaks, mold and structural damage. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing a ladder to do the repair work, call a professional roofer. A professional will have the right tools and materials, and he or she will know how to quickly and effectively repair loose or missing shingles.

Begin by carefully inspecting your roof. Look for signs of missing or damaged shingles, such as water stains on your ceiling, and check the condition of the attic’s insulation. You should also look at the soffits, fascia and gutters to ensure there are no rotting areas.

If you decide to tackle the project yourself, be sure to use proper safety precautions. Climbing on the roof can be hazardous, especially if it’s raining or hot. It’s best to do the job on a clear, dry day.

Before you begin repairing your roof, gather the following tools and supplies: a hammer, flat pry bar, a utility knife, replacement shingles and a handful of 11/4-in. roofing nails. If you’re using a ladder, be sure to secure it and have someone stand at the base to assist.

Start with the shingle closest to the leak or missing section. Slide the pry bar under the shingle directly above it and lift slowly to break the sealer strip connection and expose the first row of nails. Carefully pull out the nail and remove any remaining shingle fragments.

Once the old shingle is removed, replace it with a new one of a similar style and color. To make it easier to slide the new shingle into place, slightly round its back corners with a utility knife. Once the shingle is in place, fasten it with roof cement and a new nail in each corner.

Don’t forget to re-caulk the exposed nail heads on all of your roof repairs. This will help keep moisture out and prevent rust.

Flashings

Flashing is a strip of metal that runs along the front edge, corners and ridges of the roof and around chimneys and skylights. The purpose is to create a watertight seal where the roof meets these structures. If the flashing is damaged, it may pull away from the roofing material and lead to a leak. Fortunately, flashing repair is usually easy and inexpensive.

Danny Lipford: The most common causes of leaks in roof flashing are small holes or corroded spots. To fix these, plug pinholes in a flashing with caulk or roofing cement. For larger holes, cut a piece of metal flashing the same size as the hole and slip it in place. Apply more roofing cement over the top to reinforce it.

If the flashing is completely deteriorated, it should be replaced. It's best to have this done by a professional, but you can do it yourself if the damage is not extensive. Before you start, make sure you have a good ladder and that it is secure. Wear proper safety gear, including a harness and gloves. Also, have a spotter on the ground to help you stay safe and serve as an extra set of eyes.

First, gently pry up the shingles that surround or cover the flashing. Next, with a sharp utility knife, remove any shingle that is damaged or deteriorated. Be careful not to cut or puncture the underlying wood sheathing. Then, if the flashing is still in good shape, use a hammer and nail punch to break off any roofing mortar that holds it in place. A chisel can be used to remove any deteriorated asphalt cement from the top surface of the flashing, as well.

There are four types of roof flashing: valley, cap, apron and continuous. Valley flashing is l-shaped and protects the middle section where two different roof sections join together. Cap flashing protects a vent pipe or other obstruction on the roof. Apron flashing is used in the corners of a roof or where a wall intersects with the roof. Continuous flashing is one long section of flashing that helps direct water off the roof.

Gutters

Gutters protect your roof from water damage by carrying runoff away from your house. However, they can become clogged with leaves, pine needles, and other debris that allows water to pool in gutters, which is not only a problem for your roof but also for the siding on the fascia of your house. Standing water can rust metal gutters, clog soffit vents, and rot fascia boards. It can also pummel landscaping and soil below the gutters, or cause a waterfall effect that splashes water against the house.

Fortunately, you can prevent most gutter problems by keeping them clean. If you have a leaky gutter, first clear the area of debris by hand or with a garden hose to make sure the leak is isolated to just one section. Clean the section of the gutter that has the leak by scraping off any rust or dirt, and then scrub down the area with a wire brush or scrub brush. After cleaning the area, allow it to dry completely.

Next, you can seal the gutter this product is easy to apply, works on wet surfaces, and dries in 24 hours. Before applying the sealant, try to locate and remove any screws that attach the gutter sections together by turning them loose with a screwdriver. If the screws are corroded, replace them.

Then, you can reattach the gutter sections by screwing in new screws. You can use a ladder to reach the gutter, but it is best to work with a helper to keep you safe and secure when working at elevated heights. Also, you will want to have a bucket or tarp nearby to catch any dripping water.

The downspouts can clog, but you can remedy this by installing downspout extensions to direct water where it is needed. If the downspouts become loosened from the gutters, re-tighten the straps that hold them to the gutters.

Vents

A home’s vent pipes are designed to allow gases produced in the kitchen and bathroom to escape safely out of your roof. They are usually a pipe that goes up through the attic and is capped with a metal pipe cap that sits above the roof’s flat surface. If the pipe and cap become damaged it is important to make a fast repair so that rain water can’t get inside the roof structure, which could lead to rot and mold problems down the road.

A leaking roof vent can be quite dangerous, and it is also inconvenient for homeowners to deal with. The leak may cause water to drip through the ceiling, which means that furniture and other belongings in the interior of the house could be ruined by water damage. In addition, if the leaking roof vent is located in an area that is in close proximity to air conditioning vents, they can be negatively impacted as well.

There are a few different ways that a homeowner can address a leaky roof vent, depending on the cause of the problem. In some cases, the problem will be obvious, and the homeowner may be able to see a dripping spot on the ceiling. This is an indicator that it’s time to call in the experts for a roof repair.

Another way to determine if there is a problem with a roof vent is to take a look at the attic and see if any insulation is wet. If there is, then the problem most likely lies in the vent itself or in the flashing around it.

In these instances, the homeowner will need to remove some of the shingles above and around the vent. Then, the old pipe collar and underlying flashing will need to be replaced. Once this is done, the new flashing can be nailed down with galvanized roofing nails, and then covered with roof cement.

Leaky roof vents can be a serious safety risk and are one of the first indicators that it’s time to call in League City Roof Repair. League City Roof Repair are professionals they will know how to identify and locate the source of the leak, and a quick repair can prevent further water damage in the attic and inside the home.

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Without it in top condition, everything else inside can become compromised over time. If you see signs of a leaky roof, like damp stains in the attic or water marks on the ceiling, it’s important to take action right away. Shingles The shingles…