Roofing Guide

In today’s blog I am talking about roofing. I won’t be completing the entire section today, but will I make sure to cover every detail of roofing as the blog develops.

When the wet season comes to an end it’s a great time to get outside and make any necessary repairs to your roof. Whether you do the roofing repairs yourself or you hire someone, it is always the same process. Roof repairs can range from a small patch to an entire tear off and re-pitch. So without further delay, let’s get into it.

1. Identifying

The decision to make a change to your roof isn’t typically random. The choice to work on the roof was because you identified an issue with the existing structure, and usually that’s in the form of a leak. To check the extent of the damage you will need to follow the source to its origin, which will involve going into the attic or tearing the shingles off in the area you believe is leaking. Identifying the source of roof damage can sometimes be easy, and other times involve a lot of work. In a majority of cases that water is coming through the roof, the issue could be several things: the material is old and needs to be replaced, the roof pitch isn’t steep enough, or a skylight/vent wasn’t properly installed. There are many other possibilities for why a roof needs to be changed out, but these are just some of the most common I have come across.

2. Tear Off

After identifying the source of your roofing failure the next step is often the tear off. I highly recommend replacing old material instead of laying more on top. It’s cheaper to put material over the old but more costly in the long run. Our first step for the tear off is making sure the ladder is positioned correctly. Always try to avoid any kind of hazardous work conditions. The next thing is to use a harness system so as to avoid any kind of injury by falling. You can buy the harness system from Home Depot. By working safe you increase your productivity at the same time. Working on a roof is high off the ground which is terrifying for many. By being safe you avoid injury which takes away from your time on the job, and it gives you confidence.

2.5. Tear Off Continued

Safety is very important, but so are the right tools. To have the quickest tear off, I recommend a dumpster or large dump trailer near the roof so that you only have to move the waste once. Second tool that is necessary for the tear off is one of these. It allows for easy lifting of the shingles and lets you pull nails and staples with ease. And the best part about it, you don’t have to hunch over constantly. Don’t forget to tear off all of the old felt under the shingles.

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