When it comes to home repairs, Aloha Construction and their new branch Aloha Restoration Co. do it all. Sometimes, though, you may want to try your hand at a DIY fix for your home repair needs. In that case, Aloha Construction is happy to share their expertise to make sure your repairs go smoothly.
Roofing repairs don’t always need to be done by the professionals. When you have a problem with your roof, there are some common fixes you can tackle on your own like shingle replacement, leak repairs, tree maintenance, and gutter cleaning. If you’re planning to take on your home improvement projects on your own, just make sure to use our DIY roofing repair tips!
How to spot and replace faulty shingles
There are many different ways to see if your asphalt shingles are past their prime. The easiest way is to venture into your attic. Are there water stains on the walls? Can you see sun rays through the roof? These are telltale signs that your shingles need to be replaced. You can also check out your shingles from outside your home. Are they curved or warped? Are some missing in places? If so, your roof needs some attention. How do you replace shingles?
Follow these steps to replace damaged shingles. First, use a bar to remove the damaged shingle. Next, replace it with extras your roofer left at the home, or with pre-purchased new ones. Slip the shingle securely under the one above it and nail it into place. This can be an easy DIY fix if there are only a few faulty shingles on your roof. However, if most of the roof needs to be replaced, it is better to call a professional home improvement service, like Aloha Construction, to repair your roof.
How to find and fix a leak in your roof
According to Aloha Construction professionals, the most telling sign of a leak in your roof is a water stain. Water stains are visible from inside the home and will show up as dark patches on your ceiling or walls. If a roof leak is left unfixed, the standing water can lead to problems like rotting, mold, and more expensive repairs down the road. So, how can you fix it?
The first step is to find the source of the leak. Where the leak is will define the next steps you need to take. If the leak is in the flashing, you can remove the shingles and replace the flashing where the leak occurs. If the leak is where two parts of the roof meet, like around the chimney, then you can simply remove old or weathered caulking and replace it with new.
How to keep your home safe from trees and falling limbs
Trees are a commonly overlooked threat to homes. However, a nearby tree can grow overhanging limbs above your roof and cause significant damage. You can prevent this by removing trees that are close enough to pose a threat to your home. It’s a good idea to make sure all trees in your yard are at least 20 feet from the house to protect it in case a storm downs the tree or blows off large limbs.
If you have a tree that is closer to your house, one solution is to remove it. If you do not want to do so, then regular maintenance is required to trim back any overhanging limbs above the roof. Overhanging limbs can scrape off the shingles, and the wet falling leaves can cause damage from excess weight on the roof and in the gutters. Every year, be sure to carefully cut down and remove any branches that may threaten the integrity of your roofing and your home.
How to clean your gutters
Gutters may not be very glamorous, but they’re an important part of your home. Taking care of your gutters is an integral part of maintaining your roof. Gutters control the flow of rainwater and melting snow off of your roof, so if they get clogged and the water gets backed up it can lead to structural damage and leaks. Because of this, it is important to regularly clean any clogged gutters on your home.
The first step is to check for clogged gutters. Some telltale signs of a clogged gutter include water spilling over the sides during storms, sagging gutters, or stains on the siding. If you see any of this on the gutters in your home, it’s time to clean them out. To clean your gutters, get on a ladder and first remove any large debris. Next, clean and wipe out anything else that does not belong in them. Finally, move to the far end of the gutter and use your hose to run water through the entire gutter and out the downspout, making sure all of it runs through without blockage. Checking and cleaning your gutters regularly is an easy DIY way to protect your roof from future damages.
When it comes to home repairs, there are many projects you can DIY at home to protect and repair your roof. Whether you need to replace faulty shingles, fix a leak, remove close-growing trees and overhanging limbs, or just check on and clean out your gutters, use Aloha Construction’s home repair and DIY tips to make sure every project you work on ends with a strong roof and a happy home.