Roofing is one of the most vital parts of a structure however only a few people truly understand the technicality behind it. Knowledge is essential not only for the installation but for the repair as well in case the need arises. As you would learn, there are certain complexities and complications that may come along with every roofing design especially with flat roof repairs.
This is because the flat roof system is built to keep standing water. This in turn makes it quite a challenge to perform a watertight repair as compared to a slanted roof system. In other words, before setting out on flat roof repairs by yourself, you have to assess the situation carefully to determine whether you can do the job or if it may be a smarter idea to hire a contractor for the task. In any case, you can learn a thing or two about the following flat roof repair tips and guidelines.
Check the damaged area of the flat roof. If it is but a small portion, it is best that you remove the worn out part and replace it with a new section.
To better inspect the portion, clean it up first. Wipe away the gravel and dirt that may be covering the damaged part. Get a straight edged knife as a tool for the removal process. In cutting out a rectangular shape in the damaged roofing material, you have to make sure to cut into it layer by layer. Start from the first layer down to the remaining ones.
After removing the damaged section, you are then ready to prepare the replacement. Make sure to take measurements. The replacement section should fit in perfectly to cover for the cut out or damaged part of the roof. Use plastic roofing repair cement over the replacement cut out. The edges have to be well covered with the repair cement.
Place the patch over properly. Use a nail to secure the patch. At most, you should be using repair nails to cover the perimeter, at least 2 inches apart from each other.
After this, you have to prepare another cutout to cover the initial patch. This time, the cutout should be at least 4 inches bigger than the first one.
Cover the second patch with roofing repair cement. Put it over the first patch and hold it in place as the cement dries up. Then, secure the second patch using repair nails as you did on the first patch.
Once the cement has completely settled and dried up, take some gravel and put it over the patches. This is to hold the cutout in place s the cement hardens.
As you may begin to understand, do it yourself flat roof repairs can be quite a challenge as it requires great effort. In case you decide to do the job on your own, make sure that you do it properly using the above guidelines. Otherwise, call up a reliable roofing contractor to ensure that the job is handled properly.