DIY roofing repairs aren’t recommended for most problems, but when your roof springs a leak, acting quickly can prevent water damage to your home. Here are some temporary DIY fixes for common roofing problems like a hole in the roof, missing flashing, damaged shingles, and a cracked vent boot.
Holes: Do you have a hole in the roof? Large sections of damaged roofing need tarps. Depending on the size of the hole, you may need to layer tarps to cover it completely. A tarp will keep water from getting into your attic while you wait for professional roofers to finish the job.
Flashing: Missing flashing can be fixed using rubber cement. Check the area you cemented after 24-48 hours for settling. If any of the cement has settled, apply more as necessary.
Shingles: Repair damaged or missing shingles using high-quality roofing tar. Make sure to press the tar down into the exposed area and spread it out several inches around the repair. Doing this ensures the tar sticks and fully protects the area from leaks.
Vent boot: Over time, vent boots develop cracks and cause roof leaks. You can fix a cracked vent boot temporarily using duct tape and roofing tar. First, wrap the duct tape around the cracked vent and then apply the tar around the edges of the tape and several inches beyond.
These temporary DIY fixes will keep your roof watertight for a few days but should never replace professional roofing services. If your roof has sprung a leak because of weather damage, old age, or another problem, call Stevan Buren. Our team of roofers works on all residential and commercial roofs. We repair shingled roofs, metal roofs, and all roofing material in between. When you need reliable roofing services that keep your roof in good condition for years to come, count on our licensed and experienced roofers. You rely on your roof to provide shelter and security, so when you face possible roof failure, don’t wait to call for help. Stevan Buren delivers quality roof services to the greater Fort Worth, Texas, area. Call us today at (817) 558-6997 for routine maintenance, storm recovery, new construction roofing, and emergency roofing services!