DIY Roof Repairs You can Handle without a Roofing Company

If there is significant damage to your roof please call a roof company to do an inspection and make repairs. For these smaller scale projects there is no reason to call a professional roofing company, you can handle them yourself. In Some cases homeowners will need to hire a roofing company as per individual insurance policies, but there are a few roof repairs you might be able to handle on your own if you’re handy and have the right tools for the task to be done correctly (and safely). 

Roof Vent Re-Sealing

A building’s roof vents are notorious for producing leaks. When the leaks occur, they can seriously harm the building, for example, the attic of a house. Sealing these vents is a maintenance chore that homeowners can perform on their own.

Most common small roof leaks are sealants breaking down, adding more sealant is a task that can be done easily by homeowners. Sealant is placed around all vents on a roof and contributes to the watertightness of these vents and other openings on the roof’s structure. These sections, which are vulnerable to harm from things striking them or merely from natural weather wear and tear, should be inspected yearly to identify any spots where sealant is missing or where gaps are open.

Dicor self-leveling lap sealant, which may be applied along air vents, vent pipes, and other surfaces, is one of many sealants that can help with this project. Although it is normally applied to the entire structure, liquid rubber waterproof sealer can also be used in these locations. Instead, seek for products that can be applied with a caulk gun or that can be used to cover the area around vent openings.

Install Vent and Chimney Guards on Your Roof

Chimney guards are an important home accessory because they prevent pests like birds, squirrels, and other vermin from entering the chimney itself. Additionally, they can aid in preventing dirt and water from entering your chimney. You could install them by yourself.

The majority of the time, these are stainless steel items made to mount straight to the opening over the top of your chimney. They are also known as chimney caps, and while they don’t completely stop smoke from escaping the house, they still allow for plenty of airflow.

You can install the cap in the chimney flu after measuring it and selecting the appropriate product depending on its size, shape, and available space. To reduce the chance of the cap coming off during a storm, you may need to do a little masonry work and make sure you get a strong grasp.

One alternative is a slide-in single flue cover, which is inserted into the chimney flue and tightened. Others are fastened, screwed, or bracketed to the model. To tighten them into position, use a power drill. The final step to help keep it in place is typically the adhesive.

Shingle Installation on a Chicken Coop or Tiny House

Blue backyard shed covered in snow in Colorado Springs, CO

Properly installed roof shingles are essential to making sure buildings don’t leak, even on small structures. In addition to ensuring the long life of the structure’s materials, doing this helps to protect the interior space. You might be able to handle this kind of work alone, depending on the size of the structure, slope of the roof and how high the structure is.

You’ll need to climb up and get to work after measuring the roof area and getting the proper shingles. This usually entails pulling off the current shingles by squeezing a tool underneath them. Remove any leftover nails or staples after that. Determine whether you can patch the wood (by, for example, cutting out the damaged sections and replacing them with fresh material) or if the wood structure needs to be replaced if it has been damaged.

Sheathing needs to be applied to the top of the structure once it has been made solid and dry. For the entire length of the bottom edge of the roof, you must install a drip edge. A drip edge is vital for water to drain from the roof and not drain down the sides of the shed, tiny home, or chicken coop. To let water drain from the structure, this must be nailed into place.

You can start placing the shingles once the foundation is ready. Follow the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer and complete one row at a time. Although it is not particularly difficult, getting this process just right does require some careful work and forethought. To help you create a strong roof structure for the shed or doghouse, you can discover fantastic videos on YouTube.

Repairs to gutters and downspouts

Gutter system downspout on blue Denver, CO house

One of the most vital parts of your roofing system is your gutters and downspouts. They help water avoid the foundation of your home by gathering it and moving it far from it. Water will overflow the gutter system if there is a backup in the gutter or the downspout. If you keep an eye on it, the water will probably hit the house’s side and flow straight into the foundation, cleaning away the dirt and exposing more of the building’s structure. This may eventually result in serious structural issues.

Make sure all gutters and downspouts are clear and open as your first step. To check this, use a hose. If there is a backup, manually or with a pressure washer, remove the material from within.

The issues with the gutters might occasionally be more serious. Some of them may be separating themselves from the house. If so, you might be able to reattach them to the house’s framework with nails. Consider replacing the gutter with a new one if it has substantial damage, such as big holes or rusted out regions. The amount of effort required can be reduced by joining new and old parts together.

Another frequent occurrence is when the downspout is improperly fastened to the home. It may rattle as a result of this. Try to fasten it with gutter-specific fasteners if at all possible. If that doesn’t work, put a block of wood behind the moving part to stop further movement.

You might be able to finish any of these chores on your own. Make sure to have a professional take a closer look for bigger and more significant problems.

Key Takeaways

You don't always need to call a roofing company for roof repairs

  • If your roof has severe damage, an active leak, or was recently hit by a storm, call a Denver roofing company instead of handling it yourself
  • Sealant around roof vents needs to be reapplied as it breaks down
  • Proper roofs are important for the longevity of smaller structures, these projects can easily be done without a roofing company
  • Gutters and downspouts are vital for keeping water from draining down your house, repairing and replacing downspouts is a good project for a DIYer

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