The roof is one of the most important features of a home. It keeps you dry and protected, offering a cosy internal ambiance where you and your family can relax and feel at home on your property.
When the roof gets damaged, you need to act quickly and look into repair options before checking ideas on how to build a new roof. A new construction is very expensive and time-consuming, so whenever you can find ways to repair it, that should be your go-to option.
Shingles are usually the elements that get damaged more easily on a roof. Here is an idea on how to repair damaged roof shingles and maintain a good roof over the years.
First of all, start by checking the roof and making sure there are no major damages to deal with. When you notice any signs of damage or wear, it is important to act immediately to prevent water from getting underneath the shingles and causing even more issues on the wooden structure of your roof. If you postpone these repairs, the damage will accelerate and you might end up needing a new roof sooner rather than later.
If you are dealing with an old roof, more than 30 years old, chances are most of the shingles are damaged and you will need to contact a general contractor to deal with the damages or replace your roofing entirely.
If you just notice a few cracked or damaged shingles on the other hand, you can attempt to deal with the issue yourself.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Remove the damaged shingle with a flat pry bar.
- Fix the roof shingle cracks with caulking or replace it completely.
- Align the new shingle with the rest on the roof.
- Secure it with roofing nails.
Make sure to check your roof and conduct any needed repairs on a warm dry day. Try to work in the afternoon so the sun is not directly over your head. These weather conditions allow the shingles to be more resistant and less likely to crack when stepped upon.
Last but not least, avoid working in the morning as the roof may be wet from morning dew and thus become slippery and dangerous.
For substantial damages to your roof contact us at RH Renovation NYC. Our team can come on-site and access the damage to the roof and provide a cost estimate for free before the beginning of the project.