How to Conduct Your Own Roof Repairs

Posted November 28, 2022 by in Home

If your roof needs repair, then you may need to call a roofing contractor to come and help. But there are many minor types of roof repair that you may have the skills and ability to complete yourself.

If you are able to complete the roof repair yourself then you will not only have the satisfaction of completing the job, but you will have saved money that you would have spent hiring the roofing contractor, you would have done it in a timely manner rather than having to wait for a roofing contractor, and you have the confidence to know that you can do the same repair again in future if the need arises.

So, if you don’t mind a bit of DIY work on your house check out the advice below to see what type of roof repairs you may be able to complete yourself that you had not previously considered.

If you don’t think you are up to it yourself, then call a qualified professional like But if you are up for a challenge, keep reading.

Hammer Down Loose Nails

One of the simplest roof repair jobs that often need doing is to find all the loose nails on the roof and hammer them back in.

Roofing nails become loose over a long period of time due to pressure from the wind. When the wind is continually applying upward pressure on roofing sheets it can slowly lift nails out of place and when you look across a roofing span you will see a variety of individual nails that are sitting up above the roof level.

Using a standard carpentry hammer, get a ladder and climb up onto the roof, and then walk along the rows of nails hammering in the loose ones.

It is important to keep safety at the front of your mind when walking around a roof. Make sure you are not doing this on a rainy day because the roof will be unnecessarily slippery, and you are more likely to slip and fall. Also, when walking on top of the roof make sure you’re only walking on the rows of nails where you know there is a timber underneath providing support to your body weight.

If you walk around a roof on the areas where you cannot see nails or supports, you put yourself at risk of falling through the ceiling causing injury to yourself, and damage to your roof.

Replace Nails With Screws

Sometimes the roofing nails will continually lift up no matter how often you go around the roof and bang the loose ones in. When this happens it is a sign that the nail hole has become loose and it will not hold the nail any longer.

If this happens to a small number of nails it is not cause for concern but if you see this across many nails on your roof then you may need to take some action.

The easiest way to rectify this is to replace those nails that keep coming up with roofing screws

When you buy roofing screws make sure you select the appropriate product because they have a thread and a hex head and they can be screwed into the nail hole. But when screws are inserted the thread will get more traction on the surrounding timber and stay in place.

This can be a quick and easy job, as you may only need to do a small number of these at a time.

If you do, follow the same safety precautions discussed above making sure the roof is dry and that you are only walking on roof locations where appropriate support exists to hold your body weight.

Replace Roofing Sheets

If you have a corrugated iron roof you may notice that some of your roofing sheets become rusty over time. If that is the case then it is not a hugely complicated job to change a small selection of roofing sheets.

The first thing you need to do is measure the length of the sheets that you want to replace and then purchase the appropriate replacements. Once you have these replacements at your house ready to install, ensure you have the appropriate screws to screw them in.

Following this, wait for a fine weathered day when you can remove the other sheets and not risk rain coming along and getting inside your ceiling while you are still swapping those roofing sheets over.

Depending on the angle of your roof you may need to nestle the new sheets under the tips of other roofing sheets that are further up the roof. This ensures that water flows cleanly from one sheet to the next with no risk of a leak.

DIY roof repairs can be a rewarding and financially prudent activity. But doing your own work on a roof comes with some significant safety risks. Only undertake a DIY roofing job if you have a good understanding of the safety issues and know how to be safe on a roof. Even though you could save a few dollars there is no price you can put on a healthy and functioning body, which you are putting at risk every time you climb around your own roof.