Storms are something that can do a lot of damage to your roof, and sometimes, you may want to do repairs yourself. Before you consider DIY roof repairs, you want to make sure that you are safe and that the repairs are simple enough for you to do on your home. Here are a few tips to help you with safely inspecting your roof and getting the repairs done after a storm has caused damage:
1. Safely Inspect and Assess Repair Needs Before Getting on The Roof
The first step before you start doing repairs to the roof is inspection. Assess the damage and document it with photos. Assess the repairs that need to be done to know what materials you will need. To safely inspect your roof, visually inspect it from the ground or with a ladder. You should be able to see any visible damage that needs repairs. If you have had a hail storm cause damage, then you may need to get on the roof for a closer look. Severe hail damage may require the replacement of roof, which is why it is often better to contact a professional roofing contractor for these types of repair needs.
2. Using Safety Precautions When Getting on The Roof to Do Repairs
When you do get on your roof for any reason, you want to make sure you stay safe. First, make sure that you use ladders correctly by leaning them away from the edge of the roof at an angle and allowing a couple of rungs to run past the roof. Never use a step ladder to get on a roof and make sure that you wear soft-sole shoes and safety harnesses in areas that are high. Soft-soled shoes are important because they grip the roofing material better and prevent you from sliding while walking across the roof.
3. The Small Roof Repairs That Are Likely After a Storm Has Caused Damage
Small roof repairs are important to prevent leaks on your roof, which may be something as simple replacing a few wind damaged shingles or patching a leak. To replace shingles, remove the damaged ones and slide new roofing in their place. If you have to patch small leaks with roofing cement, you will want to use a tube product that can be used in a caulk gun.
These are some tips that will help you with the restoration of your roof after storms have caused damage. If there is severe damage, contact a roofing contractor to help with the repairs that are too big for you to do on your own.