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Installing a Sprinkler System
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Maintaining Your Roof and Shingles
Keys to Effective Pest Control
What Kind of Sprinkler Do You Need ?
Tips for Applying Concrete Finish
A Distinguished New Look with a New Gate
Guide to Pressure Washers
Roof Repairs
Selecting Your Perfect Fence
Window Trims
Fencing Your Home
Garden Benches
Home Generator: A Buyer's Guide
Home Security Cameras
Your New Hammock

Roof Repairs

For most homeowners looking for ways to save money, a do-it-yourself approach seems more reasonable for minor repairs than having a costly professional come in. When it comes to repairing a roof however, you might be considering the alternative; we want to show you that you may not have.

When it comes to fixing a roof, the first thing you should always consider is safety. Leakage is the most common problem for a roof and fixing it can be risky. Depending on the size of the leakage and the inclination angle of your roof, you can most likely fix the problem with the assistance of a friend. If however, the roof has a steep slope and the leak is large, we recommend calling a professional like Bergen County roofing. To decipher the size of the problem, take a flashlight with you to the attic and look for watermarks on the beams. Finding these will lead you to the source of the leakage, which generally will be three feet above. If no watermarks can be found, check the outside of the roof for missing or loose shingles or any other obvious problems.

If there are no visible signs of the leakage on the roof, hammer a three to four inch nail from the attic up through the roof where the water is coming in. This will enable you to see the tip of the nail on the roof and help further determined what needs to be repaired.

If you have more than a small leakage and your whole roof is old and worn down, chances are you’ll need to have it entirely replaced. Unfortunately, depending on the size of your roof and the materials used, roof replacement can cost anywhere from $8,000 to as high as $20,000. Some people will wait forever with their roof like this, hoping for inclement weather such as a hail storm that could get them a free roof through the insurance company. We of course, don’t advise this approach.

If the leak is small enough that you can fix it, we recommend placing all the materials you’ll need on the roof either by hauling them up on a ladder or pulling them in a bucket on a pulley. To determine the number of squares that need to be fixed, multiply the length of the leaking areas by the width, then divide this number by 100. Three bundles of shingles is the standard roofing square. One bundle of shingles equals about 33 square feet.

In addition to shingles, you may need to use roofing felt, a heavy duty waterproof material similar to tar paper. This material is very helpful in repairing a somewhat large leaking area, and goes right on top of the wood decking. Other materials that you’ll need are one-quarter inch nails and a flat bar or roofing shovel to pull off the old and damaged roof pieces.

After you have located the nail you hammered into the ceiling, use your roofing shovel to carefully remove the old roofing, making sure not to damage anything but the leaking area. Place the roofing felt over this area, then take a new shingle and nail it to the top left of the felt. Place and nail the next shingle so it’s overlapping the first about two inches. The bottom of the new shingles should overlap rows below by five inches. It’s important that you cover the damaged area well and evenly. Continue to add and nail shingles until the entire damaged area is covered. Once you’re finished, say good-bye to your leaking roof troubles.

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