All About Roofing – Basic Roof Repair

Are you wondering how to repair your roof? The answer to this question depends on the type of roofing material on your home because different materials require different repair techniques and materials. Don’t worry, though, because most types of roofing can be easily repaired when you know the right way to do it.

The first part of deciding how to repair your roof is to verify the roofing material. Does your home have composition asphalt shingles, wood shakes, concrete tiles, or just a flat tar application?

Asphalt shingles, wood shakes, and concrete tiles are relatively easy to replace as long as you are careful not to damage other shingles, shakes or tiles nearby. You can walk on a composition roof with less risk of damaging it than you can on a shake or tile roof. These two types of materials require a gentle, careful touch to prevent causing any additional damage to the roof.

How to Repair Your Roof

A flat tar roof requires a different technique for repairs. You will need a tar mixture to apply to the damaged area, as well as gravel, rolled roofing, or whatever other top layer is currently on the roof. Some tar mixtures can be applied straight out of the can as long as the outside temperature is above 50°F or so, but read the label direction carefully to determine if the mixture must be heated before application.

If heating is required, be careful with the heating method you use. An open flame can sometimes be applied to the material right up on the roof, but you must be very cautious so that you don’t ignite other parts of the roof with the flame.

When you follow these basic steps you can know how to repair your roof without spending a lot of money on an outside contractor.

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