The New Homeowner’s Guide to Roof Repair

roofChecking your newly-bought, pre-owned home in Hawaii for things that need repair is important before moving in. Most of the time, you can do things yourself, such as replacing a broken door hinge or fixing a leaky faucet. In most cases, calling professionals to do your work is not only more convenient, but safer as well.

For instance, roof repair counts as one of the most dangerous aspects of improving one’s home. Don’t wait for the rainy months before you have your roof fixed. When it comes to roof repair, Hawaii residents know that the earlier you have this done, the better. How exactly is it done? You may not do it yourself, but it’s helpful to know the steps to help you understand the basics.

Safety first
Roof repair companies put safety first when working. A fall even from a height of ten feet can cause serious injury, even death. Working on the edge of a roof is usually done with the use of a scaffold or a sturdy ladder. Roof techs also make use of other safety equipment such as roof jacks and planks.

Roof jacks are made of metal and are nailed into the rafters or the roof sheathing. Planks are affixed to the roof jacks, providing stable surfaces. The steeper a roof is, the more roof jacks and planks are needed to ensure worker safety.

Inspecting the roof area and components
To determine exactly what repairs are required, the roof will first be thoroughly inspected. The roof inspector will take note of the type of roofing material used as well as the composition of the layers. He will also take into account the square footage of the area and the location of all screws, fasteners, nails, drains, mountings, and other structures on the surface of the roof, and if these are fully secured.

Among the signs that the roof is in need of repair are blisters, cracking, splitting, open joints, and other signs of instability or weakness. Inspection also lets roof repair companies locate exactly where leaks originate.

Preparing the roof surface
Many roofs are in need of coating, and this is why roof repair should be done during the dry months. Roof surfaces must first be fixed, cleaned, and dried in order for the coating to adhere properly. Workers first make sure that the roof surface they will be working on is stable and is securely bonded or fastened to its bottom layers by applying a test area.
Nails, screws, and fasteners are also checked and tightened, and replaced as needed. Rusted hardware, worn-out flashings, and broken drains are also replaced. When everything has been secured, the roof surface is cleaned by water-blasting, sweeping, or blowing. The cleansing agents must be thoroughly removed and the roof surface is allowed to dry before repairs can begin.

Patching and coating
Depending on the roof repair needed, workers may patch the cracks, seams, splits, and joints discovered during inspection using compatible patching compounds and materials. The compound is brushed over the roof surfaces and allowed to sit until another layer can be applied.
After patching, the roof coating may be applied by either spraying, brushing, or rolling in onto the roof surface. Squeegees may also be used, especially on wide areas with smooth surfaces. The coating is left to dry, and you’re done!