How To Make Repairs To Your Roof

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Your roof provides you with shelter and essentially covers everything and everyone that is important to you. Your roof doesn't last forever though, and over time will need to be replaced, roughly every 15 years or so. In between that time, you could develop leaks and other issues with your roof that may require it to be repaired. See below for some of these issues and how to repair them yourself.

Loose Or Missing Flashing

Flashing surrounds things on your roof such as chimneys, vents, and other pipes. If the flashing is loose it could cause your roof to leak. A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but over time it can lead to a big problem. Repair that loose flashing by removing the old piece of flashing and re-installing a new piece (cut to the same size) in its place. Use silicone to hold it in place and to seal it to prevent water from getting behind the flashing.

Missing Shingles

If you have missing shingles, which can sometimes happen in high winds, replace the missing shingles with a new section of shingles. If you don't have any extra pieces from when your roof was installed, check your local hardware store to find replacement shingles to match. Pull up the nailed-in the section above, then slide the replacement sections beneath the upper section. Nail the sections in place to secure them. Go over the rest of your roof checking for missing or loose sections that may need attention.

Check For Leaks

If you are beginning to have some problems with your roof, it's important to check for leaks. Go up onto your roof and check for soft spots, or anywhere that looks as if it is stained by water. You can also go up into your attic and look for water spots in the joist spaces above you, or look for any signs of light coming in. If you notice any water leaks, be sure to make the necessary repairs, or call a professional roofer to help you make the repairs.

If your roof is on the older side, you have missing granules from the asphalt shingles, have a lot of missing shingles, or even soft spots on your roof, you may want to think about having your roof replaced altogether. Contact a roofing company for a quote to have your roof replaced. This is a big job and one that should be done by a roofing contractor like Ray's Accurate Roofing.

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