Although it is always advisable to let a professional roofing contractor handle your roofing problems, there are some minor issues that you can take care of on your own. Engaging in DIY maintenance and repairs is a good way of keeping your roof in a tip top condition to reduce frequent breakdowns and reduce repair costs. Here are a few examples of the issues you can handle without a professional's input:
Cleaning the Drainage System
The drainage system, which comprises different parts such as gutters and downspouts, should always be free from debris. Accumulation of debris such as tree leaves in the drainage system will interfere with the drainage of water (rainfall and melting snow) off the roof. That can easily cause water to back up under the roof and cause serious damage.
You just need a pair of heavy gloves, a soft bristled brush, and a ladder to clear the debris. Use the ladder to reach the gutters, the gloves to remove large debris and the brush to clean away the remaining dirt or grime. Be careful when using the ladder so you don't fall; leave the work to a handyman if you have stability issues. Also, be gentle with the gutters; they aren't as strong as other areas of the roof.
Replacing a Damaged Shingle
Replacing dozens of missing shingles is a professional's job, but you can easily handle a shingle or two. You just need a hammer, flat pry bar, roofing nails, and the replacement shingles. Wait for a day when the weather is warm and dry before beginning your replacement endeavors. Those conditions are necessary both for your safety and the safety of the roof (the shingles will be supple and less likely to crack).
Start by using the pry bar to remove the nails holding down the shingle immediately above and below the damaged shingle. Next, use the pry bar to lift up the damaged shingle. After that, you just need to slide the new shingle into place and nail it into place. Ideally, you should only try this if you have some experience nailing shingles and it is safe to walk on your roof.
Carrying Out General Inspections on the Roof
All roofs can benefit from annual general inspections, which should be carried out by professional roofers. However, that shouldn't be the only time you are inspecting the roof; you also need regular inspections of the roof at shorter intervals. These inspections can easily be handled as DIY services.
Here are some of the things to look out for while handling such an inspection:
- Ceiling stains that may indicate water problems
- Missing or damaged shingles
- Stains on the roof that may indicate mold problems
- Missing or damaged flashing
For more information, contact a business such as Mulligan Roofing.