Shingle Roof Repair

Usually the first sign that you have a problem with your roof is a leak or drip within the house. Unfortunately, that drip can cause significant damage inside your home if it is not addressed quickly and properly.

Shingle roof repair can range from the replacement of a single asphalt shingle to an entire portion of the roof, if damage has been done to the material underneath the shingles.

Repairing a shingle roof can be easier said than done. First, there is the issue of working on a slope high above the ground, which is a hazard all by itself. If the pitch of your roof is a rise of more than six inches for every twelve inches across, it is important to use roof brackets for additional security in your footing. When working on a roof, always wear thick rubber soled shoes and never attempt the repairs if it is wet outdoors. It is also important to be extra cognizant of power lines and television antennas and to ensure that metal never comes in contact with any of these items.

Shingle roof repair that requires a simple shingle replacement can be done by a homeowner, although a professional contractor will also be able to do the job – probably more quickly and safely than you can do on your own. First, measure the area of the roof that you will need to repair, to calculate the number of shingle to purchase. Always add ten percent to your total, to allow for cutting and waste. In addition to the appropriate number of shingles, you will need hot-dipped, galvanized roofing nails, roofing cement and possibly roofing felt, depending on the size and degree of the repair.

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