How to do Simple Roofing Repairs

Roofs are not forever, though some last for long years. No matter what quality a roof has, damages and leaks can’t be avoided especially if you live in an area where the weather is harsh. Roof repair or replacement will depend on the type of tile or shingle you used. If you observe damages on your roof, you should call a Sayreville roofing contractor right away. There are repairs and replacements you can’t do on your own but we listed some simple roofing repairs you can follow.  

 Roofing Repairs


  • Cut a Tile or Shingle 

You can use an angle grinder for cutting clay and concrete tiles. Wooden shakes and shingles can be cut with a saw and asphalt shingles can be cut with a knife. Slates are scored by running a sharp nail along a guide line. The tiles with nibs can be nailed in place, and the nails are cut free. You can also lift the old tile from its furring strip.  

  • Fixing Damaged Shake 

Locating the damaged shake before fixing the leak will save you from a lot of troubles in fixing roof leaks. Go up on your roof; locate the damaged shake which is characterized by missing parts of cracks. If you already found it, extract the damaged shake. Slowly crack the shake apart. Using a hammer and chisel, split the shake apart into pieces.  

After you remove it, remove the nails and clean the space for the new shake. Remove the nails using the claw of the hammer. Measure the space of the shake and buy a new one with same measurements.  

  • Fixing Vent Pipe Flashing 

To start the process, remove the shingles on the roof above the chimney. Use a pry bar to lift them and do this carefully. Remove the metal flashing; insert a pry bar blade under the edge so you can lift the metal flashing. Lift it over the pipe and be careful not to know it out of place. Pull the nails that are left around the pipe, then fill the holes with roof cement.  

  • Repairing Minor Leaks 

Leaks become problematic if you don’t pay attention to it. Structures can be damaged further if you don’t locate and fix it. To locate the leak, pour water on the roof using a garden hose. Repeat the process around the suspected area. Make sure you have an assistant to notify you where the leak is.  

After the leak is identified, you will find the problematic shingle that has been causing the leak. If it’s missing, buy a new one. If curled out, straighten it. To straighten it, use an electric dryer. Avoid open flame because it will destroy it even more. After you extract and mend the curled shingle, attach it using asphalt roof cement.  

Those are simple roofing repairs you can do on your own, if you have past experience and skills on roofing of course. If you don’t have any skills or tools, you can contact a roofing company for assistance.  

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