Roof repair

Flashing Roof Repair

Introduction to Flashing Roof Repair

As with all jobs that need to be carried out on a roof it is important to make sure that you have both the right equipment and are very sure that you adhere to health and safety procedures. Using scaffolding is much more secure than a ladder and it will always be best to carry out flashing roof repairs in good weather as a wet roof could lead to a fall.

The most important thing is to know the scale of the damage and also the size of the flashing that needs to be replaced. It will be best to carry out a full inspection as just because you are able to locate the area that is leaking it does not mean that the main cause of the problem is that area. It could be a piece further down that has bent or shifted to leave a gap that is allowing the water to come through or is damaged. Although you will clearly need to replace the damp part in order to stop the same thing happening again you will need to replace the other bits.

Beginning the Flashing Roof Repair

Once you know the size of the replacement you need to buy a piece of material that will not only cover the entire damaged area but also be big enough to overlap the pieces next to it. To try to prevent a repeat of this, before you place it on the roof cover it with a layer of primer paint. You need to be aware that there will be slight changes as the seasons change but by fitting an extra large piece you will be able to counteract that.

To get the flashing to the right size you will need to use tin snips. All of the old flashing should be removed before the new one is fitted as any bits of water or mould that is attached to it will start to affect the replacement piece. To make sure that it is really secure fix it down with nails. To keep it waterproof you then need to add the sealant and for extra security use cement around the edges of the new piece.

Things to Remember when Attempting Flashing Roof Repair

The job in itself is not difficult as long as you have a basic grasp of DIY. The main problems can be located around the place you have to be to carry out the job and also the necessity to be accurate when you are measuring. If you climb up a slippery ladder you are risking an injury and in the same way if you are careless with a hammer. This may not be as dangerous but will be painful and may put you off trying the next job that needs to be done.

Once you have finished and providing you have followed the instructions properly you should be able to relax in the knowledge that your house is protected at least for the time being. If however you feel a little unsure about the job you have done it may be best to have a specialist at least check your handiwork.

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