Roof Repair in Tampa
Whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’ve been living in the same one for several years now, at some point you may find that your roof is no longer in good working condition. This may come as the result of simple wear and tear over the life of the roof, improper installation, or damage due to a recent storm or weather event. Whatever the case may be, you’re going to want to fix it, and fast. If you want to attempt the project yourself, or if you’re just curious about the process, here are the steps a professional (or ambitious DIYer) will go through to replace and repair your home’s roof.
Assess the Roof
The first step is to assess the extent of damage to the roof. If it is in pretty good shape with only one or two areas in need of repair, you will likely be able to get away with just touching up those areas rather than tearing the whole roof off and installing a new one. This will be a big savings of both time and money. But don’t kid yourself here. If the damage is extensive, just bite the bullet and have a new roof installed. it will be more expensive at the time, but worth it in the long run. If you’re not completely sure how bad the damage is, always consult a professional for their educated opinion.
Tear the Old Off
If you need to replace the whole roof due to sufficient damage, the first thing you will need to do is tear the old roofing materials off. This is hard work done in full exposure to the elements, so make sure that you are fit for the task before beginning. If you have a particularly steep or difficult to walk on roof, or if you can’t envision yourself carrying loads of shingles up a ladder all day, it’s not too late to call in the professionals. If you’re strong and able and want to go through with it, though, begin by using a shovel with a serrated edge to tear off shingles. Make sure to remove or hammer flat any nails as these will become problematic for you later if you don’t.
Install the New
Alright, so it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. Once you have your clean slate, you’ll need to do a few more things before actually tacking down the new roofing material to ensure a waterproof seal and good fit. First, install your underlay and any drip edges if you choose to have them. We recommend a self-sticking underlay for the easiest application. Then, Cover the roof with felt paper, unrolling in long sections, back and forth across your roof. The felt paper, also called tar paper or builder’s paper, will help the roof shed any water that manages to get under the shingles, rather than letting it pool and eventually leak into your home. Now you’re ready to install your new shingles! Nail them on to your roof in sequence, paying special attention to manufacturer’s instructions.