Sounds easy right? A storm just blew by. A tree landed on your roof. Hail damaged some of your shingles. You’re a great DIYer and you dive right into patching your roof.
It isn’t as easy as it might sound. There are numerous things to think about when repairing your roof.
Patch work for roofs on homes and businesses mends current problems, often which are causing internal leaks, and keeps your roof safe from further damage. Patching materials are often cement-based, with a rubber-like component, which seals shingles and under layers, while also filling any points of damage, punctures, or tears.
For patching services, a Professional Roofing Company performs tests on your roof to find every possible instance of damage. After assessment, they plot out the points needing repair and patch each spot with precision, making certain to stop any leaks from occurring inside your structure.
Here are some of the things you need to think about to repair your roof.
After removing and cleaning the debris and reframing the roof if necessary, lay down a base (sheathing) on your roof. Eight-foot, 1/2-inch-thick plywood is standard sheathing material. You need to measure the opening of the section of roof to be shingled, cut the plywood to size and then nail it to the roof rafters. Sheathing needs to be staggered in a brick pattern for extra strength. Putting an entire 8-foot section of plywood onto your roof is a big mistake and it is structurally unstable in the middle. Finish installing in brick pattern, staggering the plywood seams until the open area is covered.
Lay Felt Paper
Start by stapling the 6-inch starter strip at the bottom section of roof leaving a 1-inch overhang on the eave to ensure drainage into the gutters. Going from bottom up, lay and nail the remaining felt layers with a 2-inch overlap. Be sure to nail the tar strip on each felt layer to ensure maximum hold.
Starting at a bottom corner of the roof lay the first row of shingles. Following the chalk lines on the felt, place a base row of shingles and move upward in a pyramid shape. Nail the shingles to ensure maximum hold and be sure to always nail onto the tar strip. Use a nail gun. The gun usually comes with a measurement guide that can save a lot of time. To insure a seamless and uniform look, be sure you layer the existing shingles on top of the new. Over time, the sun’s heat will cause the roof and shingles to expand, making the nails pop out of place and thus increasing the risk of a leak. Make sure the nails are embedded securely into the felt and sheathing.
If your roof is sloped, make sure you layer the shingles from bottom to top, overlapping the top set with the bottom to protect the roof from all the weather elements.
A roof is a huge investment and protection for your entire home. To make sure you patch your roof properly, talk with a quality roofing contractor and have a pre-inspection to get your roof in top shape to reduce problems proactively.
No. 1 Home Roofing is proud to be a GAF Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor in Florida! No. 1 Home Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on US Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.