DIY Flat Roof RepairGil Stein
DIY Flat Roof Repair
Unless you have a great deal of experience in roofing, it’s not recommended that you fix a flat roof yourself. If you find a leak in your flat roof, it’s vital that it be prepared properly because even the smallest blister will allow water to get underneath the surface, and cause a great deal of damage. If you’re confident in your roofing skills and are up to the challenge, here is an outline of how you can repair your damaged flat roof:
- Sweep the area free of any dirt or debris
- Cut out any cracked or peeling areas with a razor knife and remove those sections. For the sake of appearance, make the cut areas uniform-shapes like rectangles and squares.
- Use those shapes as a sample, and cut a replacement piece in the same size and shape. If you happen to cut out more than one bad layer, you’ll need to cut enough pieces to make the new section up to the same level as the area around it.
- Cut another patch about 3 inches larger, all the way around.
- Lodge a putty knife underneath the edges around the cut-out area.
- Apply roofing cement under those edges.
- Spread a layer of roofing cement down in the entire cut-out area, with your putty knife.
- Press the new portion into the hole.
- Tack it down the other layers with roofing nails.
- Lay the larger patch over the one you just applied and nail that down on top.
- Spread cement around the edges of the top patch to seal it in place.
Again, this might seem a bit confusing if you’re not an experienced roofer. If this is the case, it might be best just to leave the job to a professional roofing contractor. It could be the case that your roof is in such bad shape that a complete flat roof replacement is the only sensible option.
If you’re in need of a flat roof repair, or you’re considering a flat roof replacement, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing, your premier south Florida roofing contractors