Do-It-Yourself Roofing Repair

There are several factors to consider when thinking about beginning any do-it-yourself roofing repair project. Things like whether you should repair or replace, hire a contractor or give it a go yourself. Some jobs are definitely something that an average homeowner can accomplish, but there are some repairs that are better off done by a licensed professional. Some of both are listed below.

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What roofing repair can I do myself?

A water leak is one roofing repair that even fairly inexperienced homeowners can handle. Common places for leakage are around exhaust pipes, skylights, chimneys or ridge vents. Before climbing onto the roof to find the leak, look in the attic; the best time to go is during or after a rain. Most likely, you will be able to identify where a leak is originating from. Look for puddling on the attic floor, damp spots on the attic ceiling, and any other signs of moisture such as mold or mildew.

Equipment needed for repairing leaks is different for each type of roofing materials, but some equipment is universal including roofing caulk (black for brick, PVC pipes, and clear for HVAC pipes and skylights). You may also need pipe boot gaskets if your leak is around one of the exhaust pipes, a pry bar for removing old roofing, and a roofing knife (for composite {asphalt} shingles). The cost for these basic repair tools will be approximately $50-$100, depending on the amount needed. Also needed is an extension ladder, which may be available for rental at your local home improvement store.

Roofing repair jobs for a contractor

Roofing repair jobs that are going to require that you remove more than a small portion of the roof may require a little more experience than you or any other homeowner (probably) has. Of course, hiring a contractor will cost more than doing it yourself but a botched DIY repair job will cost you much more. Also, if you come across any wood rot or other structural issues during your initial inspection, a contractor needs to be consulted. Another reason to hire a professional is if your roof is made of something other than composite shingles. Tile, wood, and metal are all used for roofing and the techniques used when working with each one differ