The rains are coming and you have a few rough patches on your roof. You know you have to get your roof replaced but it's not in the budget right now. Don't panic. There are a few simple tricks you can use to help your roof last through the next rainstorm. Here are step-by-step instructions to repair your roof and prevent leaks. Before you begin, you'll need to gather the following supplies:
- Slip-resistant shoes
- One bundle of replacement shingles
- Roofing cement
- Whisk broom
Reposition Buckled Shingles
Take a look at your roof. If you live in a hot climate, you probably have buckled shingles. The buckling occurs when shingles get too hot. Once shingles are buckled, rain water can seep under the edges and cause leaks. To repair buckled shingles, you'll need to get them warm. The warmth will heat your shingles and make them easier to reposition.
Use a blow dryer or heat gun to warm up your shingles. Once they're warm, lift the shingles up and apply a generous amount of roofing cement along the edges. Press the shingles back into place and apply pressure for a few seconds. This will ensure a secure bond between the shingles and the cement. Continue the process until all your buckled shingles are back in their proper position.
Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles
Over time, shingles can come loose due to rains or winds. You may find shingles in your yard after severe wind storms. Those missing shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Use a whisk broom to sweep the dirt and debris away from the area requiring the new shingles.
Lift the edges of the surrounding shingles. Apply a generous amount of roofing cement and place the shingle on the roof. Place a thin strip of cement around the outer edge of the new shingle. Now press the existing shingles back into place. Press firmly along the edges to form a secure bond between the shingles. Repeat the process until you've replaced all your damaged shingles.
If your roof has damaged areas – such as missing or buckled shingles – it's just a matter of time before it starts leaking during rainstorms. You might not be able to afford a brand new roof right now, but you can fix the problem areas and prevent leaks. The instructions provided above will help you prolong the life of your roof, or you can look into the cost of a professional roof repair versus a complete replacement.