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Should You Do Flat Roof Repairs Yourself?

3_prodimgFlat roofs have been a choice of homeowners for generations; they are aesthetically pleasing and lend themselves to a variety of architectural styles. However some of the first and second generation flat roofed homes now require roof maintenance due to the buildup of water on certain areas of the roof and the fact the many of the original roofing material used on these roofs has reached the end of its lifetime. Due to technological advances in roofing materials it is now up to the homeowner whether he or she wants to call in a contractor to make flat roof repairs or would like to undertake the roof repairs as a DIY project.

If the decision is taken to go the DIY route they need to choose which roofing material they are going to use. There are variety of material available for flat roof repair but seeing as how older houses will require the replacement of all of the roofing material then one of the best choices is a roofing membrane made from EPDM, a synthetic rubber compound that is available in sheets that can be sealed together to fit even the most challenging of roofs. Although EPDM is suitable for DIY installation most homeowners prefer to us a contractor seeing as the sheets of EPDM membrane are far easier to handle when a team of contractors is employed rather than a single person. The use of contractors is also preferred due to the fact that the installation will take far less time and result in minimal disruption to the household. EPDM flat roof membrane is also the preferred material for many contractors when repairing these roofs due to the fact that it comes in a variety of thicknesses, making it ideal for use on both commercial buildings and ordinary households, it is extremely resistant to UV rays, its relatively cheap and easy to install.

The application of sheet membranes solves one of the most important problems associated with these roofs and that is how to deal with pools of standing water. The newer membranes boast superior water resistance over older membranes and are also considerably more durable.

If durability is a concern then the homeowner should consider the installation of metal flat roofs constructed of copper or tin, these are metal panels that are soldered together and are incredibly durable but they are considerably more expensive than the traditional roofs of this kind.

When making repairs the homeowner should be aware that flat roofs are extremely sensitive to human foot traffic, a wrongly placed step and the roof material can crack leading to even more problems with leakage. Given this fact and the time consuming nature of DIY flat roof repairs the use of a contractor and the associated guarantees can be an extremely attractive option. Whatever the choice the homeowner makes regular maintenance will ensure that the flat roof continues to be both aesthetically pleasing and an investment in a snug and leak free home.

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Why Repair Your Roof After a Long Winter?

2_prodimgEvery winter, your roof gets bombarded with wind, snow, ice and continual thaw-freeze conditions. This can result in severe and often hidden damage to the roof. Your roof can then leak during spring months when the heavy rains begin. Without a roof repair check-up and required repairs to your roof, a flood of water can cause thousands in damages – damages that could have easily been prevented.

Older roofs are especially vulnerable. Why? Because the shingles are already broken down from years of abuse from Mother Nature, and even if your roof has 5 or 10 more years of warranty life ahead, repairs to your roof are sometimes a must to get the most from your roof. Roof repairs are often mandatory.

Some of the areas your roof may require repairs are the loose or missing shingle that were damaged from hard winter winds. Shingles are extremely brittle in cold temperatures, and hard driven cold winds can easily break shingles. Flashing repairs are also important to repair because exposed nails and sealants such as caulking often dry out and fall apart. This creates open gaps for water to easily cause an enormous leak. The worst danger areas are around chimneys, skylights, and anywhere shingles butt up against a wall. These are all very crucial roof repair areas during the new raining spring months.

Most spring roof repairs, check ups (or tune ups) cost from £200-£500. £400 is a good price. It is always a good idea to hire a respectable roof repair company that can supply good repair references. Always check these repair references and make damn sure they are recent. A good roofing repair company will also deduct the cost of the roof check up from any additional roof repair costs. For example, if your roof requires £1500 of repair, the cost of the initial roof check-up will be deducted. Be sure to ask ahead of time to be sure this deductible is a part of the roof repair process.

Always be sure that a roofing company performing the roof repair check up looks in your home’s attic. The underside of your roof deck tells a huge, accurate story of everything that is happening on your roof. Stains, rust where the nails are poking through the wood roof deck, water marks on the insulation, wet insulation, everything shows in the attic. Repairs are accurate using this method.

Your eave troughs also play an important role in any good spring roof repair tune up. Water can collect in the eaves due to plugged drainage. When water freezes it expands and bends eave troughs out of shape and out of position. Ice dams can also form playing real havoc to wood and shingles. A good roof repair tune up will check for and solve the damage before it is too late.

Spring is here. Now is the time to do repair to your roof. Roof repairs during the early months of spring after a hard blistery winter can literally save you thousands of dollars of damage and can keep your roof in tip top shape.

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How to Repair Leaking Roofs

1_prodimgYour roof will eventually have damage. And with that damage comes more problems. Leaks can occur, pouring water to the interior of your home. If you do not want this to happen, then you can try replacing your entire roof. But that would cost a lot, especially if you have shingles. An alternate method here would be roof repair. Roof repair can be done by you and with the help of your family or friends. So if you want to stop leaks without using a large sum of money, then you better try roof repair. How do you repair Leaking roofs? Here’s how:

The first thing that you have to do is to ready the materials you would need in the roof repair. You would need binoculars, flat-soled shoes, weighed markers, hammer, nails, metal bristles brush, rags, sharp knife, roofing cement, trowel, roof patching fabric and gloves.

Check out your roof for any signs of imperfections in it. You need to use the binoculars to scan your roof from the ground. Take note of all the problems you see on your roof. Now try walking all over your roof. Begin walking on one end and walk on every possible areas. Again, take note of the possible problems you see on the roof.

Observe all of your vents, skylights and air conditioning units. You need to look for places in which the roofing feature is separated from the roof. Find the places where the roofing tar or cement has cracks. Now, get a flashlight and start looking for water trails inside your home. Look for the origin of the leak and pierce that part with a nail. This is done so that you can identify the place later. If you see sunlight shining in from the ceiling, pierce a nail on that part too.

Before doing this next step, make sure that you have found all the origins of the water leak. Now, go to the shingles that you’ve identified to have problems. Pull up those shingles and apply roofing cement beneath it. Replace any nails on it and cover those nails with roofing cement. Now, you need to repair the roofing cement or tars that have cracks. Usually, you have to remove the fixture (such as the air conditioning unit) to repair the crack. Remove the old roofing cement/tar, clean the area and let it dry. Put the fixture back and put roofing cement on it and the roof itself. Put small holes on the cement to drain the water.

Fix any cracks and other source of leaks in flat roofing materials. Put roofing cement on it, then a piece of roof patching fabric and add roofing cement. With this, roof repair should be complete.

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