Top 5 Roof Repair and Maintenance Tutorials

Your roof is always there for you. Rain, snow, hail, tree limbs, you name it. Your roof has you covered. Literally!

So it makes sense to give it a good annual to semi-annual roof inspection and see if there are any areas that need attention and maintenance. In this tutorial I'll review some of the top articles and tutorials for roof repair and maintenance you should check out and use a a reference.

Although these roof / flashing repair tutorials focus on asphalt shingles, they are largely...MORE applicable for wood shingled or shake roofs and some tile roofs as well.

  • 01 of 05

    Six Warning Signs You Need Roof Repair

    Check your roof for signs of necessary maintenance and repair before it becomes expensive!. © forestpath -

    When you perform your annual inspection and walk your roof, it's important to know what to look for up there. So this tutorial describes the six main warning signs of a sick roof and will give you pointers to assist your inspection.

    The tutorial will discuss these six roof warning signs:

    1. Leaks (Learn where to look and where they usually start).
    2. Flashing Damage (Learn about common failures and where they occur).
    3. Ice dams (Although a winter problem the best time to fix the root cause of ice...MORE dams is in the warm months) .
    4. Granule erosion (Learn the tell-tale signs you have roof shingle granules coming off your roof).
    5. Environmental damage (Mold, algae and fungus are rarely your friend and that is especially true on a roof).
    6. Shingle damage (Shingle damage happens often after major hail or wind storms but can also be damaged slowly resulting in curling and blistering. Learn the different things to look for here).
  • 02 of 05
    money in roof shape
    Roof repairs need to be budgeted. fotolia

    When you need to hire a contractor for a roof repair it will help to have an idea of what to expect as a repair budget. Roof repairs can range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. This article will describe what to expect for repairing:

    • Minor roof leaks caused by flashing or shingle damage
    • Shingle blow-off
    • Shingle blistering and splitting

    Also learn about additional things that can increase the total price of roof repairs such as permits, roof complexity, etc.

    The article also...MORE discusses budgeting for flat roof repairs. Sometimes you find these type of roofs over porches. Learn about flat roof problems like ponding or shrinkage in an EPDM roof over a wood substructure.

  • 03 of 05

    Extending the Life of Seriously Damaged Shingles

    Environmental exposure has taken its toll on these shingles.

    Asphalt shingled roofs have been in use in the US since 1901. So chances are, you have a house that uses them! Sometimes you'll find you need to repair a single or limited number of shingles as part of an emergency repair.
    In this tutorial you'll learn how to address these three problems on an emergency basis:

    1. Curled Asphalt Shingles
      • This is pretty serious problem where the shingles curl upwards or downwards. It's also called curling, cupping, clawing and is a result of improper...MORE installation, age or the environment surrounding the roof area.
    2. Cracked or Bent Shingles
      • This problem is a bit easier to fix. It results from  nasty weather conditions, age and just wear over time. Often it may be possible to repair these shingles and not have to replace them.
    3. Disintegrating or Missing Shingles
      • This is the worst. If your roof shingles are disintegrating from age then plan on anew roof. A short term fix can be had if an individual shingle is missing and you have a spare or can buy one that looks similar. Also, if shingles are missing or are wind damaged, or have impact damage sich as from hail or other causes of environmental roof damage you will likely need to replace them. 
  • 04 of 05

    Evaluating Roof and Flashing Leaks

    Flashing is where leaks most commonly occur. © Sandra Lopez 2014

     When you perform your roof inspection you will be looking for areas where leaks may occur. This article drills down in content and describes where to look for leaks. For example, flashing. Flashing is the material used to stop unwanted water flow on a roof. It is used between the roof deck and any feature that changes or interrupts the roof slope. The most common reasons for roof leaks are caused by missing, improperly installed or failed flashing.

    Learn what to look for when snooping for leaks...MORE around vent stack flashing, chimneys, roof valleys, dormers and their adjoining sidewalls and the eaves of a roof.

    Chimney flashing failure is often the culprit when you see water stains appear on ceilings away from exterior walls and near a chimney (such as a furnace chimney or fireplace chimney).

    Plumbing stack vents that come up through a roof must be flashed with a sheet metal and rubber boot flashing. If that's not properly installed or is damaged expect leaks from the vent stack.

    These and other items are discussed in detail in the article.

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  • 05 of 05
    Tearing off an old roof and starting from the roof deck up is the best way for a roof to be installed. © lawcain

    When you get to the point that repairs will no longer do, then a new roof is in order. Problem is, do you re-roof over an existing roof or do you perform a tear-off and take it all down to the roof deck?

    That's the question this article explores. There are pros and cons to each option, but the best long term way to proceed is with a tear off.

    However, if budget or other constraints do not allow a tear off, then knowing the code and practical limitations surrounding re-roofing over an existing...MORE roof is important.

    For example, you'll find the International Residential Code (IRC) is incorporated by reference in a lot of local building codes. That code, in its section numbered 2006 IRC (R907.3) provides conditions when you cannot re-roof.

    One of the most common exclusions you'll run into states that you aren't allowed to add a new total roof layer to your home if it has two or more complete layers of roofing already installed.

    The article also discusses some of the questions and issues commonly associated with a re-roof versus a tear-off / new roof installation including:

    • So What’s the Problem with a Third Layer?
    • What About Added Roof Shingle Weight?
    • Why Concealing Signs of Roof Damage is a Problem
    • Importance of Checking Roof Decking
    • Beware of Water and Moisture Buildup
    • Underlayment / Ice Water Shield Concerns