If you love doing it yourself, you may wonder of you can undertake roofing repairs without involving a roofing company. Well. It is possible, but there are risks involved. This is the reason why roofing work is best handled by professionally qualified and experienced roofers. Any roofing work requires tools and materials. Simple mistakes during the repair of the roof may cause many other serious problems. One of the leading causes of deaths at construction sites is falls from rooftops and so the necessary caution must be exercised.
If you are ready to assume the risk, then you must have the right tools and equipment needed in repairing the roof. You must also know how to cut the roofing material, join two parts of it and install properly. For instance, with shingles, the most common roofing material, you may begin by placing asphalt shingle on some porch or cloth in order to learn how to cut and lay them. Roof safety is also important and you must have the right protective wear, such as helmet, gloves, goggles, ear mufflers, etc.
The following are the tools needed for successful and safe roofing repairs.
- Shingle lift, scaffold or ladder: these will help you scale your way up to the roof. Purchasing each of these is costly and so you may need to hire. Ensure that the supporting timber and deck structure is sturdy and strong, otherwise you may fall through even after finding your way to the roof.
- Helpers: professional roofers ensure that there are at least two men working on your roof at any given timer. Sometimes, the ladder may need to be supported by another person, as you find your way up. Some of the roofing materials are delicate and so you will need someone to help you take them up the roof from the ground.
- Fall protection equipment: this is a must-have, if you are mindful of your personal safety. It will make it safe to get to the roof and clean the gutter, check for any soft spots or weak points after storm, and perform any other work on the roof. Some of the fall protection equipment company used in roofing work includes shock-absorbing lanyard, rope lifeline, safety harness, and reusable roof anchor, among others.
Other tools and items needed for successful roofing repairs include crowbar, chalk line, flat head shovel, roofing nailer, hammer, roofing nails, tarp, sealant, and utility knife among others. These tools are either used for moving the damaged shingles, measuring the size of the roofing material to fit a specific point in the roofing, joining new shingles, etc. The price tag of the best quality of these tools may be a bit high, and some may not be readily available for hire.
The roofing material required:
In the repairs, you also need to acquire the right roofing materials, and they include asphalt shingles, aluminum drip edge, OSB or plywood, flashing, and underlayment. The aluminum drop edge is installed near the edge of the roof to allow free flow of water off the edge. It is important as water seepage at the edge of the roof can damage the fascia board. You also need asphalt shingles, and note that there are various types in the market, such as 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, etc.
You must choose the right shingles in compliance with the building codes and laws in your area. Flashing refers to metal piece which is installed under the shingles and siding at the point where horizontal meets vertical part of the building or the sloped part of roofing. The flashing helps free movement of water towards and off the roof. Without it, the rain water or moisture may penetrate shingle and cause rotting to wood underneath.
Is the risk and labour worth doing it yourself?
As you can see, roofing is laborious and a bit risky undertaking, so you better leave roofing repairs works to professional roofers.