Repairing the Roof

Remember that time it snowed in October and everyone thought it was going to be the snowiest winter ever?  And remember how that tree branch fell on our house during that snow storm and busted up our roof?  (And when it turned out to be the warmest, least snowy winter in a long while?  We’re going to put that in the win category.)

The branch left some holes in the roof.  We put a bandaid on the roof (aka: a tarp) for the winter.

Last weekend, when the weather was perfectly beautiful, we repaired the holes.  Here’s a step-by-step of how we did it.  (Our disclaimer:  we’re not advocating that you repair your own roof if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Also, make sure you follow all applicable laws and regulations and make sure you’re not going to fall off the roof!)

1.  Evaluate the Roof

We looked to figure out whether the branch penetrated through the whole roof, whether the roof was rotting, and generally got a closer look at the area.

We concluded that it looked like we expected from the outside.  The branch broke through the shingles, the plastic water barrier, and the plywood underneath.

2.  Remove the shingles from the affected area.

3.  Cut out the affected plywood.

4.  Prepare a piece of plywood that fits into the affected area.

Don’t screw the plywood in yet!  Also, make sure that the plywood fits nice and tight.  You don’t want any room for leakage.

5.  Apply construction adhesive around the edges of the existing plywood.

This isn’t a necessary step, but we like that it creates a more seamless transition between the new plywood and the existing plywood.

6. Screw the plywood into the roof.

7.  Cut and apply tar paper under the shingles.

8.  Nail in the shingles.

Be sure to check your local regulations on how many nails are required per shingle.  Homes in hurricane areas often require more nails.  We also had to trim our shingles down, as they were a different length than the older shingles.

You might be wondering about the color of the new shingles, which look more grey than the existing shingles.  The color is actually the same; the brown-greenish tint on the other shingles is from wear and moss that grows on the porch roof.

So, repair complete!  No more roof-tarp action, thankfully.

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