When it comes to roof repairs in St. Augustine, we’ve seen it all. We’ve worked with a variety of clients, from those who know very little about roof repair to fellow roofing contractors and professionals. There can be a range of knowledge and expertise when it comes to roofing, and because of that, some people are equipped to handle small pieces of roof repair on their own.
The professionals at J. Adams Roofing wanted to put together some tips for DIY roof repair in St. Augustine. These are important reminders in case you do decide to take certain aspects of roof repair into your own hands. Before we go into these tips for DIY roof repair, let’s do a brief overview of the major types of roof repair.
Major Types Of Roof Repair
If you’re considering doing some roof repair on your own, be sure to keep in mind what kind of roof repair you’re doing. Broadly speaking, roof repairs fall into the following categories:
- Shingle Replacement — This is likely the area where you can do some degree of repairs on your own (with the appropriate background). Just keep in mind that shingle replacement can sometimes be straightforward, with only a shingle or two in need of replacement. But sometimes shingle replacement can be extensive, requiring entire sections of shingles to be replaced. You might also run into tricky situations, like needing to find the matching type of shingle. This can lead to complications without the assistance of a professional.
- Partial Roof Replacement — A partial roof replacement is more extensive than simply replacing shingles. This can sometimes involve fully replacing a large fraction of your shingles, or it could involve adding new shingles over old ones. As you get into these more complex jobs, we highly recommend that you work with a trusted residential roofing company.
- Complete Roof Replacement — The process for a complete roof replacement is very different than a partial roof replacement. A complete roof replacement can be time and labor intensive, even if an entire crew of roofers do it.
A simple roof repair might prove to be easy enough, but at J. Adams Roofing, we strongly encourage you to leave moderate and major roof repairs to the professionals. Now that we’ve briefly reviewed the major types of roofing, let’s turn to our tips for DIY repair.
We don’t recommend undertaking DIY roof repair unless you have a background in and strong understanding of roofing and roof repairs. Regardless of your level of expertise, however, it’s imperative that you always keep safety in the front of your mind. Be sure to take all appropriate precautions before starting any sort of home repairs, especially ones that take place on top of a roof.
Have Appropriate Clothing
Part of taking appropriate precautions comes in having the right kind of clothing and gear. Some of the things we recommend are:
- Rubber-soled shoes
- Knee pads
Rubber-soled shoes provide increased safety by protecting your feet and giving you increased traction. You will also want to protect your hands with gloves while working with tools. And knee pads will protect against the hard, granular, and uneven surfaces that you will be dealing with on your roof. All three of these items can help protect against unexpected protrusions such as nails or bent tiles.
Look For Loose And Broken Shingles
Once you have the appropriate clothing, the next step is to do a basic inspection of your roof. You will want to keep your eyes peeled for any loose, missing, cracked, or broken shingles. As we wrote about in our previous blog, you can also take care of clumps of moss. Algae and lichen can prove to be a bit more of an issue, but either way you will also want to look out for discoloration and growth.
You can also look out for bent or curved shingles. When shingles are curved or bent, you might be able to adhere them back into place. Just keep in mind that this is not an ideal fix, and bent and curved shingles will likely be an issue in the near future.
Fill Flashing Joints With Caulk
Flashing serves to seal joints off from rain in order to prevent leakage. These areas prove to be common sources of leaking due to the seal weakening or cracking. These leaks are common around the edges of chimneys and vents. A little bit of caulking can go a long way on these joints. Fill in the joints with some caulking to re-seal the area and prevent the development of leaks.
Call The Professionals For Roof Repair
Ultimately, you want to be safe and you want to provide the best repairs for your roof. It’s important that you not push yourself too far out of your comfort zone, nor do you want to take shortcuts that can lead to costly repairs in the future. When in doubt, the safe bet is to contact your trusted St. Augustine residential roofing company. For most, biannual roofing inspections are what save homeowners from having to pay huge costs to repair their roof from preventable damage.