Roof Repair| Flat roofs are completely different from sloped roofs. Water can run down sloped roofs and go down to the drain. But that is not the case on flat roofs. The entire flat roof must have a layer of watertight seal so that water cannot come through the roof and cause leaks in the house. But like the sloped roof, flat roofs can get damaged and thus need roof repair. It’s a good thing that you can do roof repair on flat roofs, as long as you know how to. How do you do it? Here’s how.
The first thing you should do is to prepare the items you’ll need for the roof repair. Get a mallet, roofing nails, putty knife, utility knife, brooms and roofing cement. These are all the materials needed to repair your flat roof.
To begin roof repair, go to your roof and locate the problems. If you found peeled regions or fractures on it, then do the following steps: Get rid of the dust and dirt on the roof using the broom. Roofing cement cannot stick on surfaces with dirt, that’s why you need to make sure that the entire area is clean. Now cut a shape on to the area where the fracture or peel was discovered. If there are multiple fractures or peels, make use of the same shapes for uniformity. Use the cut shape to make a pattern on the replacement shingles. The size and shape that you create on the replacement shingle should be accurate. If you made a mistake on the size, create multiple replacement shingles so that the shingles can be on the same level as the area on it. Make another replacement shingle. This one must be at least 2 inches larger than the other shingles.
Use the putty knife to slip on to the edges of the area. Apply a layer of roofing cement on below the area and place the substitute shingle. If you are using many shingles in order to level the area, the first shingle, the one in the bottom, should be nailed and cemented. The other shingles only need to be nailed. Get the bigger substitute shingle and nail it above the previous shingles. To make the seal, apply a layer of roofing cement on the edges of the substitute shingle.
These instructions are good only for cracked areas. If you’ve found split shingles, here’s what you do: Use the knife to cut down a line on that layer. Then, pry open the cut area and apply roofing cement in the sides of the cut. Nail down both sides of the shingle with the use of roofing nails. Put a patch on it in the same way as the one done on cracks and peeled areas.
Roof repair for your flat roof should now be done. You are now protected from water leaks in the meanwhile. Check your roof regularly to maintain it and prevent anymore leaks.