A Down and Dirty Guide To Basic Roof Repair

The most important part of any structure outside of its foundation is its roof. This is the element that protects the occupants of a building from the outside elements. However, because a roof is constantly exposed to the outside elements, wear and tear over time will usually result in the need for repairs. If, over the course of a roof’s lifespan, you are diligent about maintaining it properly, most often you’ll find that the repairs that you need to make are relatively minor. Provided you are diligent then about making these repairs, you will guarantee the longevity of the structure that your roof protects.

EPDM Roofing Repairs

With an EPDM roofing system, repairs are relatively straightforward. The first thing that you’ll need to do is locate the spots that need to be fixed. Because EPDM is laid out in sheets, these places that need repair will most likely be tears or rips in the EPDM itself. Once you’ve located the spots that need repair, you’ll need to clean those spots. In order to repair these tears you’ll be making use of liquid roofing, which is itself made of the same material as the EPDM roofing. In order for this liquid roofing to adequately bond to your existing roof, however, you’ll need to ensure the cleanliness of the repair site. Once you’ve applied the liquid roofing, you’ll need to let it sit for at least 24 hours while it cures. After that, you’ll be all set!

Asphalt Shingle Repairs

In general, asphalt shingles on your home should last for approximately 20 years, provided, of course that you maintain the quality of your roof over that span. If an asphalt shingle breaks, this can pose a risk to the structure of your home by allowing water to sneak through. In order to repair an asphalt shingle you’ll need to replace it. First you’ll need to pry the asphalt shingle off of your roof. After you’ve done that, you’ll need a new asphalt shingle of the same size to replace it. Once you have one, slide it into place and affix it to your roof with roofing nails. After the shingle has been hammered into place, you’ll want to ensure that your roof is properly protected from water damage. So, quickly apply an adhesive to the sites where you hammered the shingle into place to prevent water from sneaking in. Once you’ve done that, you’re all set!

Repairs to Other Roofing Systems

In general, these two down and dirty guides should prepare you to make minor repairs to most roofing systems. However, if you have an asphalt roofing system, for example, you’ll likely want to seek the aid of a licensed contractor. Although it’s possible that you could perform these roof repairs yourself, doing so can be dangerous given the chemicals and flammable substances involved.