Understanding the Basic Tools Needed for Roof Repair

There are quite a few tasks that must be done when it comes to repairing the roof of a home. Each particular task has to be completed in stages and require specific materials and tools. When a roof contractor is equipped with the correct tools, it allows them to repair the roof, both quickly and efficiently. The information listed below provides some details on the basic tools, roofing contractors use when repairing your roof.

The Chalk

Chalk is used to make lines on the roof to mark placement for your shingles to be laid in place. The symmetrical lines formed with the chalk also help roof contractors to measure the exact amount needed.

The Crowbar

Crowbars are used to pull up loose shingles. Nails located in certain spots may be hard to disengaged. The crowbar makes it easier to remove the nails.

The Shovel

Flathead shovels are used to pull up the existing roof shingles once the nails have been removed. By removing the existing shingles around the ones that have been damaged make it easier for contractors to ensure there are no other hidden issues.

The Sealant

There are certain areas on the roof where water can penetrate through the surface and leak through the home if it's not properly sealed. For this reason, areas such as the roof flashing, roof vents, chimney and skylight should have sealant applied along the edges.

The Asphalt Shingles

If your roof has been severely damaged, you may be able to have it repaired by having an overlay of asphalt shingles added to the existing roof. This will conceal any dips or high spots on the surface of the existing roof. The shingles can also be added to areas where water has pooled on the surface, by placing them on the eaves of the roof, it will enable the water to run off and into the gutters.

The Flashing

The flashing is the metal piece located underneath the shingles on the slopes, horizontal and vertical edges of the roof. The purpose of the flashing is to enable water to flow off the roof and toward the edge and off the roof surface. If this is bent and starts to come loose, it should be replaced immediately.

This is only the basic of tools used to help repair your roof. However, if you need more information, consider consulting your roofing contractor so they can go over the methods to repair your roof. For more information, contact a business such as Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc