If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
Everyone strives to have a sturdy roof overhead. However, unless you live in a perpetually sunny climate, you may run into problems when the rain or the snow comes along. If you find that you have a leak in your roof, you know it has to be dealt with. Roofing repair can be expensive, though. If you aren't afraid of heights, there are four repairs you can try yourself.
If you see water leaking from the ceiling in your attic (or the top floor of your home), the first place to look is at your shingles. You can find the approximate location of the leak by eye, but you can use a standard garden hose to narrow down the exact location. Have a friend or family member in your house look for a leak inside as you run the hose on the roof.
Once you locate the correct area, look for any shingles that are missing or damaged. These are the ones to replace. If you see any shingles starting to curl, you can use a light heat source, such as a hair dryer, to straighten them back out. You can even use roofing cement to reattach them.
Some roofs use shakes instead of shingles. Shakes are thicker at the end and have a split on either one or both sides. Look for damaged shakes in the area near the leak. You can use a hammer and chisel to evenly break off the broken pieces. Use a fine-toothed saw to cut a new piece slightly smaller than the original one. Once you slide the new shake into place, use a couple galvanized roofing nails to hammer it in. Finish the job off by using caulk to seal it on all sides.
Another place where leaks may pop up are the connecting areas. These are the areas of the roof where the shingles or shakes come up against the chimney or vent pipe. Leaks can sometimes occur along these dividing lines. For a simple fix, use caulk to reseal weak areas. It is wise to use a putty knife to pry off the old caulking before applying a fresh layer. This allows it to bond more firmly to the shingles. If the material itself around the chimney or vent is damaged, a more serious repair will be necessary.
With the right tools and a little knowledge, there are ways to diagnose and repair your leaky roof yourself. However, it is also important to be safe and know your limitations. Sometimes, serious roof problems are better left to the professionals. In either case, roofing issues are not to be ignored. After all, it doesn't just keep the rain and snow out of the your house, it keeps the warmth and your sense of security in. Click here to continue reading about roofing service.Share