Simple do it yourself Roof Repairs
Roof repair can be expensive. If you hire a roofer, then you are looking at a few hundred bucks just in labor charges. Then there are the materials that you need for roof repair. Certain kinds of problems or damages in your roof will need a professional or experienced roofer. You may not be able to fix all kinds of roofing problems on your own. Minor leaks or missing shingles are however a different ballgame. You don’t need an experienced roofer for roof patching using sealers. You don’t have to hire a contractor just to install one or a couple missing shingles. You can do these types of roof repair yourself.
Here is a brief guide to help you with roof patching using sealers.
First, you would have to identify the problem. It is possible that there is more than one part of the roof damaged. You should inspect the problem and make a note of the affected area. The damage can be quite minor or it could be extensive. Make a note of the damage, take measurements of the affected area and then decide on the solution.
You would need a roof patch and a sealer, also some cleaner. Begin with cutting away the part of the membrane that must be removed to patch the roof. You should not cut too much but don’t be conservative either. You need substantial space around the damaged part for the patch to hold properly after being sealed. If you have some insulation beneath the membrane and if it is damaged, then get it removed and install some fresh insulating material, of the same kind that you already had. If insulation wasn’t an underlayment and was atop the roofing material then you need to opt for a fresh coating after patching and sealing.
You need to clean the part of the roof damaged so that the sealers can be applied properly and the patch would hold firmly. You can use a degreaser or a cleaner of your choice. Don’t use very abrasive cleaners. Once cleaned, remove all debris, loose particles and any soapy film that may exist. Allow the area to dry.
Take the patch, line it up correctly so you don’t have any vents or irregularities. Peel away the release film and as you do it continue pressing the exact place. Keep pressing as you continue peeling the film away. This will allow the patch to settle properly. You may want to use a roller to ensure that the patch has settled properly.
Take the sealers and caulk around the patch. Now use the sealers on and around the seams. Don’t use excessive sealant. Use as much as is necessary and spread it uniformly and then allow the sealant to work its magic!