Hints and Tips for Your Next Roofing Project
If you find that you have to repair your roof, and it is possible to do that as a DIY project, then you do have to know about the following hints and tips to keep yourself safe. Armed with this information and sufficient copper nails for roofing in your hands, you will be ready to complete your project the right way, and the safe way. Remember that a roof is high up, so safety has to come first.
Tips for DIY Roofing Projects
- Make sure that you have applied a water and ice barrier to your roof, particularly around your sky lights, chimneys, and other such things.
- Only use dry materials when working on your roof, so there is no distortion once you are done.
- If you have to replace your deck’s roofing, stock up on ¾ inch plywood pieces to complete the work. Make sure that you always leave at least 1/8thof an inch between each piece of plywood. This allows the roof to expand.
- Make sure that you install drip edges, which are vital for a good project. Installing those gives the entire roof a nice finishing touch. The added bonus is that your entire project will remain waterproof. Do also place your drip edges on the eaves of your roof, and make sure that you have water and ice barrier treated the part that it is placed on first. Always, ALWAYS, make sure that you have used strong copper nails to secure the drip edges in place.
- If you use shingles on your roof and you live in a storm area, make sure that you use hurricane nailing. If you don’t do that, your roof will be blown off at the next gust of wind. Hurricane nailingessentially means that you use at least twice as many nails as you would elsewhere. This is why you have to stock up on those copper nails!
- Do not complete a roofing project in winter or at the beginning of spring. If you can, wait until the end of spring or, preferably, summer. Early fall really is the latest you can complete the project. This is because you have to make sure that your roof is properly sealed before winter hits.
There you have it, the perfect way to complete your roofing projects safely and properly. Do remember that roofs are the most integral part of a house, and that they are quite dangerous constructions. While we live in an era of DIY, there are certain things that are always best left to the professionals. They know what they are doing, have the right materials, understand the risks and dangers, and have proper security measures in place. Too many people have tried to take on such a job themselves and, even if they did manage to complete it without accidents, found that their roof ended up leaking and required professional fixing, costing them a small fortune.