One thing all roofs have in common is repairs. It is an inevitable part of roofing. And if you’ve decided to tackle repairs on your roof yourself, here are three common mistakes you should avoid:
Using the Wrong Material. Caulking and plastic roofing cement can do a lot of things, but they are not meant for all roofing types, and used on the wrong roofs, can even make the problem worse. For example, a five gallon bucket of plastic cement may be the right fix for a built-up or modified roof, but it could actually damage the membrane of a single ply roof. The bottom line: when it comes to fixing your roof, it pays to start with the right materials.
Doing Repairs That Are Only Temporary. While it can be tempting to use a quick fix that seems easy to do, most quick fixes are just that – temporary solutions. Unfortunately, the long-term impact of these stopgaps can be more damage down the line, such as water damage, failed flashing, and torn shingles. The takeaway: if you want that repair to last, it probably won’t be a quick fix.
Not Placing Materials In Proper Alignment. While it may seem trivial, lining up underlayment, shingles, and roofing material incorrectly will not allow it to function properly and will most likely lead to leaks in the future. A roofing system is designed to be integrated and when its parts don’t line up, it doesn’t work in the protective capacity that it is intended to. The bottom line: get the alignment right the first time, or pay for it down the road.
While some roofing repairs can be done easily, for the majority, it pays to consult with a licensed professional roofing contractor.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration, and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Dallas, TX., and Denver, CO.