Quick Fixes For Three Common Roof Problems

While a roofing contractor is the best person to handle a roof problem, a little knowledge of DIY roofing doesn't hurt either. The knowledge can come in handy when you want to deal with a problem fast or don't have the cash to hire a roofer immediately. Here are examples of quick fixes you can use to fix three common roof problems:

Single Damaged Shingle

You can handle this as a DIY if you have roofing cement, a replacement shingle, aluminum flashing, a flat pry bar, and a utility knife. Once you have these, use the following instructions:

  • Cut the flashing (using the utility knife) to a size slightly longer than the replacement shingle.
  • If the damaged shingle is still in place, use the pry bar to lift it out; next, lift the two adjacent shingles too.
  • Apply roofing cement and press down the flashing on it; this is only necessary if the existing flashing has been damaged too.
  • Apply more roofing cement and press down the replacement shingle on it.

Small Hole on a Flat Roof

A hole is dangerous on any roof, but it's more dangerous on a flat roof compared to a steep roof. Water stagnates on flat roofs, meaning any little water on the roof will try to go down the hole. With a pair of scissors, primer, [a] brush, and a roof roller, however, you can easily patch the hole and prevent water damage.

First, clean the area around the hole so it doesn't have any loose materials that may make the primer ineffective. Next, apply the primer to the damaged area, allowing some of it to overlap all around the hole. Follow the instructions provided by the primer's manufacturer. Next, apply self-adhesive patching material over the hole and cover it with a patch. Lastly, use the roller to flatten the patch and make it stick firmly.

Ice Dam

Ice dams can lead to roof moisture problems, damage your gutters, loosen roof shingles, or even form dangerous icicles. Therefore, it's best to get rid of them as soon as they occur. Forget about hacking away at the dams with a tool. Such actions can easily damage your roof.

Use calcium chloride ice melter to melt the ice. Don't use rock salt since it will damage the metallic parts of the roof, the paint, and even the plants around your house. If you can't get rid of the ice easily and safely, call a roofing contractor for professional help.

The best rule of DIY roofing is never to overestimate your skill levels. Don't forget to consult a contractor like Lakeside Roofing if you aren't sure you can manage the problem at hand. You will also need a professional to provide a permanent solution if your quick fix was nothing more than a temporary plug.