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HOW TO FIX MY ROOF OTTAWA - ROOF REPAIR

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Lavazza Roofing provides professional roof repairs for home owners in Ottawa.


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Damaged roof in need of roof repair. Exposed nails. Cracked shingles.

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ADDRESS THE ISSUE

Your home is your sanctuary, and the roof is its first line of defense against the elements. A well-maintained roof not only keeps you dry and comfortable but also protects your investment. If you've noticed missing or damaged shingles on your roof, it's essential to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of repairing a shingle roof, empowering you find a solution for your roof with confidence.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Before you start the repair process, it's crucial to assess the extent of the damage. Take a close look at your roof and identify missing, cracked, or curled shingles. Additionally, inspect the areas around chimneys, vents, and flashing for signs of damage. If you notice any issues with the roof structure or suspect widespread damage, it might be best to consult with a professional roofer. Lavazza Roofing experts are on call 24/7 to help answer any of your roofing questions.


Missing Shingle Curled Shingle Vent Damage

Missing shingle
Vent Damage
Curled Shingle

Safety First

IMPORTANT: Roofing tasks carry inherent risks, and it's strongly advised to avoid accessing your roof unless absolutely necessary. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the task at hand, seeking professional help is the safest choice. When climbing onto your roof, prioritize safety. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including a sturdy pair of work boots with good traction, safety glasses, and a durable helmet. Use a secure and reliable ladder to access the roof, ensuring it's positioned on a flat and stable surface.


Tool belt holding roof equipment.

Gathering the Necessary Tools and Materials

To ensure a successful roof repair, gather the following tools and materials:

  1. Replacement shingles: Purchase shingles that match your existing ones in terms of color, style, and material.

  2. Roofing cement: A high-quality roofing cement is essential for securing shingles and sealing gaps.

  3. Pry bar: Use a pry bar to carefully lift and remove damaged shingles.

  4. Hammer: A standard roofing hammer is necessary for securing shingles in place.

  5. Utility knife: A sharp utility knife will help you trim shingles to the correct size.

  6. Roofing nails: Stainless steel or galvanized roofing nails are ideal for securing shingles.

  7. Roofing felt: If the damage is extensive, you may need roofing felt to provide an additional layer of protection.

  8. Caulk gun: A caulk gun will help you apply sealant to specific areas, such as flashing.


STEP BY STEP ROOF REPAIR

  1. Remove Damaged Shingles: Start by using a pry bar to carefully lift the damaged shingles. Be gentle to avoid causing further harm to surrounding shingles. If you encounter roofing cement, use the utility knife to cut through it.

  2. Inspect Underlayment: Once the damaged shingles are removed, inspect the underlayment for any signs of moisture or damage. Replace any compromised underlayment to maintain the roof's integrity.

  3. Install New Shingles: Slide the new shingles into place, ensuring they align with the existing ones. Secure the shingles with roofing nails, placing them in the designated nail locations on each shingle. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for proper nail placement.

  4. Seal the Shingles: Apply roofing cement under each shingle to create a secure bond and prevent water infiltration. Press down firmly on the shingle to ensure proper adhesion. Wipe away any excess roofing cement with a putty knife.

  5. Address Flashing Issues: Inspect the flashing around chimneys, vents, and other protrusions. If you notice any gaps or damage, use a caulk gun to apply roofing sealant and create a watertight seal.

  6. Trim Excess Shingle Material: Use a utility knife to trim any excess shingle material, ensuring a clean and polished appearance. Proper trimming also prevents the shingles from interfering with each other.

  7. Inspect and Secure Surrounding Shingles: Check the shingles surrounding the repaired area for any signs of damage or weakness. If necessary, secure them with additional roofing nails and cement to prevent future issues.

  8. Perform a Final Inspection: After completing the repairs, carefully inspect the entire roof for any overlooked issues. Ensure that all shingles are securely in place, and there are no visible signs of damage or vulnerability.



Roof inspector checking on roof repair

IMPORTANT

Remember, while DIY roof repairs can save money, safety should always come first. If the damage is extensive or if you're unsure about the repair process, it's best to consult a professional roofer for assistance. Lavazza Roofing experts are on call 24/7 to fix leaks and storm damage.



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