There are a number of DIY pages on roofing, and most people would think to fix their roof on their own would be the most cost-effective solution. We are not going to get into the debate of whether you should hire a professional or DIY. But we are going to tell you about some essential tips to keep in mind if you are going to do roofing on your own.
During the rainy season or snowfall season, roofs might end up having small cracks that can lead to leakage. Your initial assessment could be to fix the issue and get on with it. We are warning you not to go down the path of making short fixes. The best course of action would be to wait it out till the snow storm or thunderstorm subsides before you get into repairing the roof. Short fixes are never the solution nor is it wise to meddle with your intact roof at such a time.
2. Don’t go solo
Anyone would tell you to wear rubber soles to make sure that you don’t slip off your roof. But we want to emphasise the point of not doing roofing on your own. It is good to have someone along with you when you are working on your roof to keep an eye on the harness and to help you out if something goes wrong. More the merrier but a two-man team is usually ideal.
3. Find the Leak
Finding the leak or leaks can be a nuisance since cracks tend to occur in multiple locations. The easiest way to find out where the leak is to spray the roof with a hose; find out where the water enters the house by doing a block by block search. It is common sense to not try this method if the temperature outside is below 0 degrees.
Gutters on the roof can often get clogged. This clog can not only affect the drainage of water from the roof but also result in leaks. If water isn’t drained from the roof, it can collect on certain sections of the roof which can, therefore, compromise the structural integrity of the roof thus leading to cracks that can result in leaks.
5. Ice, Ice Baby
Ice is one of the leading causes of roof malfunction. Ice buildup occurs when there isn’t proper ventilation. The ice buildup can then lead to dripping of melting ice inside the house due to the formation of leaks. To prevent ice buildup, we suggest that proper ventilation is given along with the installation of an ice shield.