My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
If you have a flat roof, it's going to require more maintenance and repair than other types of roofs. The reason is because flat roofs are almost completely horizontal. That means they're not going to have any slope for water to run off of. As a result, rain water and snow is going to just sit on the roof.
Since your roof is going to need a lot of maintenance, it's a good idea for you to learn how to take care of your own minor repairs. Here are step-by-step instructions for patching a damaged section of flat asphalt roofing.
Clean The Damaged Area
The first thing you'll need to do is clean the area that you're going to patch. Take a small hand broom and sweep away all the dirt and debris. For areas that are caked with debris, you can use a wire brush.
Remove The Damaged Section
Now you'll remove the damaged section of roofing material. Use a sharp utility knife to cut a square around the damaged roofing. Carefully lift out the damaged area. Don't throw away the section that you cut out. You're going to use that as a pattern for the new patch.
Apply The Roofing Cement
Using a putty knife, apply a thick layer of roofing cement to the exposed area of the roof. Be sure to cover the entire area that needs to be repaired. Place a small amount of cement on your putty knife and work it under the edges of the surrounding roofing material.
Cut Out Your Roofing Patches
Roll out your new roofing material. Place the pattern on top of the new material and cut out several new sections of roofing. You'll use several layers to reinforce the roofing section. Once you have your new sections cut, you're going to cut one more patch that will be slightly larger than the other patches. This one will be used as the final cover patch.
Apply The Cover Patches
Place the first patches that you cut on the roof and secure them with roofing nails. Be sure that you place nails around the entire perimeter of the patches. Once those patches are secure, you're going apply the final cover patch. Use your putty knife to apply a thick layer of roofing cement. Lay the final cover patch down on the cement, and press firmly. Be sure the edges are completely secured with cement.
Now that you know how to take care of minor repairs to your flat roof, you'll be ready for the next time your roof needs maintenance. You'll want to keep spare roofing material and cement on hand for emergency repairs. For more serious repairs or if you need helping with your DIY repair, contact a roof repair company, such as Homestreet Roofing Inc.