roof flashing

Sometimes a homeowner can correct small roof damages if they feel capable. However, most times will require professional help. In this article, we will examine the types of damages that can be done by a DIY method and the ones that require professional help.

Roof repair that can be done by DIY method 

1. Repairing flashing

During a routine check-up, if a damaged flashing is noticed, it has to be corrected immediately. Pay close attention to the edges and body of the flashings, make sure there is no corrosion or missing nails. These problems are easy to remedy by a DIY method. The curled edges can be straightened and fixed with roof cement. Small holes also can be sealed likewise. But a corroded point on the body of the flashing needs patch-up. The portion must be cleaned with a wire brush and cleaned thoroughly. A piece of the same material which can cover the damaged portion adequately can be fixed on it with roof cement.

roof flashing

2. Repairing damaged siding and window edges 

Missing or damaged siding should be replaced making sure that the new addition overlaps the step flashing adequately so that no water would dribble through the gap. If the caulking is cracked or loose, remove it completely using a putty knife. Clean the portion to make sure that the entire loose portion has come off. Replace the caulking freshly, using a caulking gun. The faulty caulking around the window edges also should be treated similarly.

damaged caulking

3. Plumbing and vent boots

Plumbing points and vents usually have rubber boots that fix onto the roof. The rubber may wear off over time causing a roof leak in your Tampa home. The rubber booting is available in local home improvement stores. The required portion of the boot is cut off and slipped over the old boot seeing that it covers the whole portion neatly. You can fix it with a silicon sealer.


4. Popup nails


The extremely hot weather in Tampa Florida is sure to work on your roof nails. The nails will expand in heat and when it cools it pops up causing water seepage through the resulting gaps around the nails. These nails should be beaten with a hammer till it is on a level with the shingles. Seal this further with roof cement using a putty knife and pat it smooth. 


Roof repair that needs professional attention


DIY jobs are definitely inexpensive but when the damage is serious professional attention becomes necessary. 


1. Extensive damage to shingles 

If the loss of shingles or their damage is massive, you may need partial or complete re-roofing and it is a job for professionals.

lifted shingles

2. Age-related roof damage

If your roof has reached the end of its service life, seeking professional help to correct any damage is more advisable than a DIY job. Before deciding your mode of repair it is always safe to get a professional assessment of the damages.