The Ins and Outs of Patching A Roof

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Did you notice that your roof is leaking?

While a roof leak may seem like a minor problem, it’s actually a pretty big deal. Not only does a leak damage the roof itself, but it can also cause damage to your attic, ceiling, walls, and interior areas. 

Therefore, it’s very important to patch up your roof right away. 

But, how do you patch a roof?

Check out this guide to discover the ins and outs of patching a roof. 

1. Gather the Right Materials 

First things first, you need to gather up the right materials to patch your roof. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Asphalt shingle
  • Nails 
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Roofing adhesive

2. Find the Source of the Leak 

Once you have all the materials gathered, it’s time to find the source of the leak. 

If you have access to your attic, the easiest way to find a leak source is to go up there with a flashlight and look for evidence. If possible, head to the attic after heavy rainfall, as then you’ll easily be able to find the source of the leak by tracing it from the surrounding wet area. 

Then, to locate the leak on the exterior of the roof, take a measurement inside and transfer it to the outside. 

If you’re really having trouble spotting the leak, you can also enlist a helper to go up on the roof with a garden hose. Then, have them soak the area so you can isolate the source of the leak. 

3. Patch the Roof 

Once you’ve narrowed in on the source of the leak, it’s time to patch up the roof. Here are the steps you should follow to ensure a proper roof patching:

  1. Climb on your roof by placing a ladder securely on the side of your home
  2. Lift up the damaged single, and then  remove the nails that are attached to the roof using your hammer
  3. Use your pry bar to lift up the damaged shingle
  4. Cut the new shingle to the same size as the old one
  5. Slide the new shingle under in place under the old one
  6. Use a hammer and nails to fasten the shingle down
  7. Use roofing adhesive to coat the head of each nail 
  8. Press the above shingle on the nails to secure it in place
  9. Once the adhesive dries, your roof should be able to safely repel water!

Follow these steps, and your roof should be as good as new!

Patching a Roof Is Harder Than You Think It Will Be 

As you can see, patching a roof is a pretty straightforward process. However, if you don’t feel comfortable patching your roof on your own, you should definitely hire a professional. 

If you’re living in the Denver area, get in touch with us today. We can help you with patching as well as other roofing needs. 

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