Minor Roof Repairs


You felt a drip and discovered your roof is leaking. You think you might want to fix it yourself and save a little money. Should you try to do so? We don't recommend that you try roofing repairs. Climbing a roof is hazardous. We recommend you call a professional. But, if you're just dead set on trying to DYI -- and if it is a minor leak and you are fairly handy, agile, coordinated, and fit enough to get on your roof -- and the roof is not too steep - here are some considerations.

What is "too steep?" Roof pitch or slope is a measure of the incline of a roof.  So what is too steep? That's an individual decision for you to make on a roof with a pitch or slope less than 6. A pitch or slope of 6 means that the roof rises 6 inches for every 12 inches it runs.  It is written as "6/12."  A roof slope of 6/12 is equal to a 26.5-degree angle.  This is too dangerous for an amateur -- don't try it!!

Your local full-service hardware store should be able help you to decide if you should try to repair your own roof. They should be able to give you a step-by-step approach, and an explanation of materials needed and techniques used. We still think the best bet is to call a professional. Proceed at your own risk.
Read more articles at Home Hints eNews.