What Are Your Options For Residential Roof Repair?

The extent of roof repair or replacement needed will limit your options, but you still have choices no matter in what shape you find your roof. Some residential roofing can be performed by the homeowner, although extensive damage or replacement may require a roofing professional.

Roof repair options

if you have a minor leak, and you intend to repair it yourself, you should give the roof a close inspection. You may not find any issue in the approximate location of the leak, for water can travel along beams and rafters and leak into the home far away from the access point.

What should you look for if you have a leaking roof?

Problems to look for include loose, broken, worn, or missing roofing tiles, missing or protruding roofing nails, and loose flashing, which is the thin metal trim used on roof edges and around chimneys and other abutments.

Single missing, broken, or loose tiles should be replaced, nails hammered in or replaced when missing and sealed with roofing cement, and flashing nailed into place and sealed around abutments with silicone sealant and at roof edges with roofing cement. if you still have a leak, you should consider sealing your roof.

How do you seal a roof?

All you need is roof sealant and a long handled brush to apply it. Buy a hard bristled brush head and a screw-on handle when you purchase the sealant. 

You must measure your roof''s length and width and multiply them together to find the square footage of the roof. Use this figure to determine how much sealant you need (look on the back of a can of sealant for maximum coverage per can).

You may choose a reflective sealant instead of the traditional black. Your roof will be sealed while reflecting the rays of the sun and keeping your home cooler.

Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes to apply sealant, because it sticks to everything it touches. Don't forget sunglasses if you intend to use reflective sealant, and work with the sun at your back if possible.

What are your roof replacement options?

If your tiles are consistently worn and faded, applying sealant will be a very temporary fix if it works at all. You should consider a more long lasting solution such as:

Replacing your roof tiles

This is one of those options that might be better for a professional roofer.call the old tiles must be torn up before new tiles can be installed. Bundles of roof tiles are very heavy to haul to the roof and require a lot of hammering. 

If you decide to replace the roof tiles yourself, you should consider rubber tiles instead of the traditional asphalt tiles. They are lighter and more durable than asphalt, but are also more expensive. Speaking of rubber, you might try installing a rubber roof.

How are rubber roofs installed?

Rubber roofs were once generally used on commercial buildings, and required the use of a burning torch to seal the sections of rubber together.

As rubber becomes a more popular option in residential roofing, the technology has also changed. Rubber roofs can be installed in pieces using only a special roofing cement to seal overlapping sections of rubber roofing material.

You can also applied rubber roofing material in one large piece with cement already applied and a "peel and stick" backing that can be removed as the rubber is installed along the roof.

You must strip your roof to bare plywood before a rubber roof can be installed, and cement-based applications are more expensive in their convenience. In addition, you need to get rid of all the old roofing material that is removed. This is likely a job best left to a professional.