If your roof has been neglected or you move to a house where it is in a bad condition, the only option may be to have a new roof installed. You probably have not considered tackling a DIY roof, but it need not be a hard job. The following is what you need to know before embarking on a DIY roofing project:
- Find out the best type of roofing materials for the project you are taking on
- How to install the roofing to ensure it is weatherproof and will last for years without problems
- How to make minor roof repairs before they become a major problem
- How to make your roof waterproof and able to withstand hot summer and harsh winter conditions.
DIY roofing will require knowledge of how to fix leaks before irreversible damage occurs. Your roof should be examined for evidence of leaks and the reasons for them. Sometimes, dirt can build up in certain areas which could be detected by pooling of water and subsequent leakage into your house. You should also check the roof covering material to spot any cracks, tears or holes which may have developed over the years. Any joins or overlaps should also be examined to ensure they remain secure as these are a common cause of leaks.
Also, another important check to make, before starting a DIY roofing venture, is to inspect the flashing as this is a frequent cause of leaks if damaged or not installed correctly. Check if the alignment of the flashing is as it should be and whether any damage is obvious. Damage or problems can happen anywhere on the roof but the edges can be particularly vulnerable and problematic. Therefore, it is sensible to repair the flashing before you do anything else.
Some people make the mistake of not properly installing the seam tapes when trying to repair their roof themselves. This can have a disastrous effect if not carried out correctly. You should apply the tape to the whole seam from end to end to ensure the success of the repair. Failure to do this will enable water to gather near the spot where the new tape has been stuck, and the leaking will persist. Before starting work on your roof, please ensure you are wearing safety equipment such as gloves and glasses to protect you whilst carrying out repairs and installations.