Making Repairs to an Asphalt Roof
Maintaining your home’s asphalt roof tops the list of critical repairs: It keeps you dry, warm, and safe from the elements, along with your family, pets and everything else in your house. Any signs of damage need immediate action. Once water seeps under the asphalt shingles, the wood beneath the sheathing will rot, causing and costing your more damage and money. Never ignore a roofing problem, even if it seems small. It will grow into a much bigger problem until you eventually need to replace your entire roof.
If your roof is already more than 20 years old, it's probably best to replace it. But if your roof is newer and in structurally good shape, then contact a roofing contractor to complete any repairs your asphalt roof. Asphalt roofing is the simplest and cheapest roofing material on the market, making it the easiest to DIY. But only try to repair your asphalt roof yourself if the pitch of your roof is not too high and if you have taken all of the safety precautions necessary to keep yourself out of the ER.
Here are the three most-common asphalt roofing repairs:
- Replacing damaged shingles.
- Gluing down badly curled shingles.
- Repairing shingles that have cracked.
It important to make your roof repairs on a warm, dry day. The shingles will be more supple and less likely to crack. Never walk onto a roof that's wet or icy, so it’s best to avoid repairs in the morning so as to avoid dew.
If part of a shingle is missing, you'll obviously have to replace the entire thing. If you have any leftover shingles from the previous roof replacement, then of course use that! If not, you'll have to buy a square at a local home improvement center ($15–$20 per square of standard 3-Tab shingles). Better yet, a roofing contractor will best be able to use his or her resources in the industry to find the best asphalt shingle match to your roof.
Fix Curled Corners
As asphalt shingles get older, their corners often begin to curl downward or upward. If you notice a shingle starting to curl, you can curb the curling by gluing down the curling section. Use a caulking gun to apply a dab of roofing sealant under the corner. Put weight on it with a brick or some other similarly heavy object, and leave it in place for at least 24 hours until the caulking dries. Pretty easy. Although it does require you to get up on your roof, which can be dangerous. And, if you mess up the roofing repair, you can damage your shingles and cause more harm.
Repair Cracked Shingles
If a shingle is simply cracked or torn, you just have to repair it. Apply a thick bead of roofing sealant under the crack. Press the shingle down, then apply a second bead of sealant on top of the crack. Finally, spread the sealant with a putty knife.
A sneaky camouflage you can make is to check the gutter for any accumulated colored granules that have washed down the roof from the asphalt shingles. Gather some up and sprinkle them over the sealant to mask the repair!
A new roof is expensive. But making repairs to your asphalt roof is will keep the surrounding structure sound and your home dry for years to come. Contact a roofing repair contractor for advice. Some roofing problems may look simple to the naked eye, but the real issue goes much deeper and the damage is much more substantial.
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