If you have a hole in your roof, it needs to be fixed right away. If left unchecked, the next spell of wet weather could lead to extreme water damage that could affect the structural integrity of your home. Not to mention ruining your valuables and electronics.

There are lots of things that could create a hole in your roof. Perhaps a dead branch fell from an overhanging tree, or a gale force wind dislodged a part of your tiling. Maybe the hole was left after removing a satellite dish or vent. Whatever the reasons, you should waste no time in patching it up.

You have a couple of options when it comes to making repairs. You could hire a professional roofing company like Out There Roofing to do the work for you, or you could attempt to fix it yourself, which we would highly NOT recommend. The former option will guarantee a good job, as you are hiring a team of experts with a wealth of experience in this area. On the other hand, by choosing to do it yourself, you run the risk of endangering your life while working on your home.

But how easy is it to patch a hole in your roof?

It will of course depend on the size of the hole, as well as the integrity of the materials involved. It  is a relatively simple job with our team of experts, we have all the right tools and techniques at hand and the skill set for any sized hole. If you are committed to patching the hole yourself, here is all the information you need to get started.

What equipment do you need?

There are quite a few pieces of standard equipment we use when patching a hole in a roof.The exact equipment will depend on the particular job, but here is a list of the things we use that are common while on the job. 

A ladder, for climbing up to the roof

A rope, for securing the ladder

Gloves, to protect your hands

Rubber-soled shoes or work boots, for toe protection and grip

A crowbar, to remove old shingles

A circular saw, to remove old plywood

New shingles

New plywood

2×4 planks

Hammers

Nails

Wood glue or liquid nails

Tar paper

Roofing cement

Putty knives

All of this equipment is commonly seen around people who have any DIY experience. But in the hands of our roofing experts, they are much more than just regular tools found in your garage.

How do we patch the holes in Roofs?

Once we have all this equipment ready to go, it’s time to start patching the hole. Here are some step-by-step instructions that will guide you through our process.

Step 1: Using a as a solid anchor using the rope and head up onto the roof. Locate the hole. If you know you have a leak but you’re not sure how to find it, you can read this article to help you out. 

Step 2: Use a crowbar or lever to remove the old shingle around the hole. WE replace the entire damaged area and work systematically from top to bottom. If there is water damage, we will need to ensure that every last bit of damaged material is removed to ensure a water-tight seal.

Step 3: Use hammers to remove any remaining nails that might be left in the wood. Make sure you store these away safely to avoid injury.

Step 4: Use circular saws and cut out any damaged plywood from the area surrounding the hole. 

Step 5: Using 2x4s, create a frame for the plywood you will be laying down over the hole. The length of the frame should be at least three times the size of the hole. You may need to enter the attic to help you nail in the frame from below.

Step 6: We cut plywood to fit the exact dimensions of the hole. Using wood glue, we attach the plywood to the frame and nail it down for added security.

Step 7: Using a putty knife, we carefully apply roofing cement to the seams where new plywood joins with existing plywood. Lay tar paper over the patch, making sure there is a little extra that extends underneath the shingles. Nail the tar paper securely to the decking. 

Step 8: Finally, we add new shingles to the hole, working from the bottom to the top. Utilizing roofing nails to attach the shingles to the plywood underneath. Covering these nails with roofing cement to seal the gaps and prevent rainwater from leaking through the roof.

In conclusion, patching a hole is a relatively simple job with Out There Roofing. If the hole is a minor one, the patch might be enough by itself, but for larger holes, a re-roof or full replacement might be needed. 

Contact Out There Roofing Today

Out There Roofing is an Ogden-based company who offer quality roofing for a quality price. We understand the importance of having a safe roof over your family’s heads. We have a wealth of experience in roof maintenance and a team of well-trained professionals who can carry out the project for you. No job is too large or too small. Get in touch today for a free estimate or to chat to a member of our team about your roofing needs.

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