Repairing Your Roof: What To Know Beforehand

These days it’s almost impossible to find something you can’t accomplish with the help of online guides or tutorials, and roofing repairs and restoration is no exception. With the advent of YouTube tutorials, almost every skill is within your grasp if you have a bit of dexterity and familiarity with tools.

In fact, quite a bit of my knowledge has come from watching guides, tips, and tutorials in my free time. One of my favorite things to do is watch a YouTube tutorial on my phone while I’m eating breakfast and lunch. It may not seem like a big deal, but I’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge from this exact practice! If you think about it, two new skills a day adds up fast. That’s over 700 new abilities a year. While most of these are small tips and tricks, they certainly help out.

Things To Consider Before Repairing Your Roof

This isn’t going to be a guide to actually repairing your roof, since I’ve already touched on that topic in other posts. Instead, I want to address some topics that are not often considered before starting on roof repairs.

Before you start repairing your roof you need to be sure that you’re up to the task. Repairing a roof is hard, dangerous work. You’re going to be 10-30 feet off the ground at all times, and a fall from that height is certain to harm you. Take every safety precaution you can, including wearing a harness and tethering yourself to something solid on the roof. Make sure any ladders you’re going to use are sturdy and trusted.

Be sure to gather your supplies up beforehand, as you do not want to be making constant trips on and off the roof, especially if you’re wearing a harness you need to un-clip every time.

One of the best tips I can give is to do your work during moderate weather. If you have the luxury of time, repairing your roof in during the spring is an excellent timeframe to aim for. There shouldn’t be any snow, and the weather is most likely going to be tolerable.

Plan ahead as to the materials, tools, and amounts you will need. The last thing you want is to run out of shingles or realize you don’t have the tools you need, after you’ve already ripped the old roof off.

Overall, if you take a few minutes to sit down and think of the worst outcome from every situation, you’ll be more than prepared if any unexpected obstacles come up when you’re re-doing your roof.


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