12 DIY roof repair tips

When a roof has started leaking, you should act quickly to prevent water damaging the building’s interior. You might find that you can readily repair this roof yourself – consider these tips…

Discern whether you need permanent repairs or a reroof

You might need only the former if there are one or two weak areas, but plan a reroof if the roof seems to have general wear, Better Homes & Gardens advises.

Protect the building when waiting weeks for a reroof

Your planning and preparation might take a few weeks – during which time, you should make sure that leaks are covered by plywood or plastic sheets.

Go further if the wait will last a year or longer

In this instance, you should immediately carry out permanent repairs like replacing shingles. Also, after each rainfall, inspect the attic and make additional repairs if necessary.

Know how to replace a few shingles or shakes

Find replacement shingles or shakes, detach the problem pieces, put fresh underlayment in place, and then secure the new shingles or shakes.

Remember to keep your attic vented

Without adequate ventilation in the roof, an attic can become blighted by rot and mould, as the attic could trap moisture from the air.

Look out for roof penetrations

It is likelier that your roof will leak due to items penetrating it than because of age, The Family Handyman says. Therefore, see if any such penetrations are causing leaks.

Don’t stay inside when tracking leaks in a vaulted ceiling

To find out what is causing these leaks, you will need to get onto the roof and conduct your inspection from there.

Replace damaged vents

This is the only real way of fixing vents that have incurred damage. Don’t just apply caulk to the vents, as this won’t provide a genuine solution for the long term.

Replace these nails in a vent’s base

If there are nails that are pulled or missing at the bottom edge of this base, then have them replaced with rubber-washered screws.

Replace rusted flashing

We advise this because, otherwise, water could run straight behind the flashing and so into the building. You can replace step flashing after taking away shingles and loosening siding.

Spotted small holes in shingles? Then fix those holes

Like a splinter in a finger, a tiny hole in a shingle can be hard to spot but cause much inconvenience. To be more specific, this kind of hole can trigger rot and damage over years. These holes could be left over after mounting brackets for a satellite dish or antenna have been taken off the wall. However, fix the holes with flashing, not by filling these gaps with caulk.

Don’t attempt a job that seems beyond your ability


If you are not confident that you could complete a particular DIY task effectively and safely, then you shouldn’t resist seeking help from a reputable roofing company. If, for instance, you need a Newcastle roofer, then you could get in touch with the esteemed Findley Roofing & Building.

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