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We understand that repairs of your roof can often be very expensive and annoying. But what we don’t understand is; if you hate having roofers inside your home and paying for a service, why don’t you fix some things by yourself? We can tell you right away that having some problems are a big task, too big for you. But some, you don’t have to call a contractor for. This short article will cover those. We are going to explain what you can do in order to fix some of the problems related to your roofing system. Keep reading and become an almost amateur professional roofer.
Bad weather is a number one reason why your shingles get damaged. Strong winds, hail, heavy rain, snow- these can destroy and deteriorate your roof’s surface. So, here is how you can fix the damage and protect your shingles from future storms
A tube of cement is a must. Go to the closest store and get a tube of roofing cement and a piece of flashing. Our recommendation is to use aluminum flashing since it is the best option. This equipment is available at home centers. You need to cut the flashing about 1,5 inch more narrow than the ripped shingle and at least 3,5 inches longer. That way it will extend under the shingle on either side. Take a pry bar and carefully pull out the damaged tab and the ones surrounding it. You should apply two to four thick layers of roofing cement to the surface under the shingle. Slip the flashing underneath and apply more cement on top of it. Press the shingle down and keep it for some time. Simple right?
Now even though wooden shingles are one of our favorite roofing materials we have to admit that they can sometimes be complicated. They give your house a beautiful rustic appeal but what to do when they become split and you need to replace them soon?
Houses are typically covered with many wooden shingles and overtime is is almost entirely unavoidable, no matter how much you take care of them that they split or damage. That is when you need to replace the shingles. To replace one you will need a chisel and a hammer. Cut it into narrow pieces and can them with pliers. Slide a hacksaw blade under the shingle above and push through the nails that hold the shingle. Use a utility knife and carefully trim a new shingle so it could perfectly fit. Slide the shingle in its place. Put in two shingle nails at an upper angle below the edge of a shingle above. Now take a wood block and hammer a new shingle into place. Looks better yet?
Chimneys are an important part of your roof, and if they look rusty and ugly, it really shows. It is not a rare case that the paint on your chimney masonry keeps peeling no matter what you do. Here is what you need to do.
You should install a galvanized, stainless or copper rain cap. Prices vary but they are mostly around 25 to 35 dollars in home centers. Chimneys mostly peel because of the water so make sure to protect it in any way. A rain cap will keep it safe from water.
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