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What are the Different Types of do-It-Yourself Roofing Projects?

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There are many types of do-it-yourself roofing projects for the home-based handyman. Repairing a leak or installing a new roof can be accomplished with common sense and hard work. Shingles, gutters, downspouts, and many other roofing products are readily available. Installing ventilation and repairing damaged wood are do-it-yourself roofing projects that can save money on costly contractor fees.

Reliable equipment is a valuable asset for the do-it-yourself roofing handyman. Tools can be rented or purchased. Sturdy ladders, scaffolding, and safety equipment are necessary to provide a safe working environment. In many cases, setting up ladders and scaffolding may take longer than the repair.

Repairing loose or missing shingles will require a few hand tools, replacement shingles, and black roof cement. Metal flashing around chimneys and dormers can be replaced and repaired with hand tools and a roll of metal flashing. Minor leaks in valleys and around flashing areas can often be repaired with a tube of roof cement and a caulking gun.

Cleaning gutters from leaves and debris can be accomplished with a ladder, a trash bag, and a pair of gloves. Gutter and downspout repair or replacement may require scaffolding or a helper or both. Gutters are typically joined together with pop rivets and a sealer. Different types of gutter mounting products including screw types and gutter spikes may assist in the job.

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A well-ventilated roof can save money on utility bills and help to avoid costly roof repairs. Common roof and ridge vents are inexpensive and relatively easy to install. Power vents are a better choice. Installation is similar to a standard roof vent except for the power supply which must be installed in the attic. The addition of soffit vents will enhance the functionality of the roof vents.

Installation of a complete new roof may be a challenge for the do-it-yourself roofing mechanic. Asphalt roofing shingles can typically be applied over the top of one layer of shingles. This process eliminates the need to tear off the old roof, which can be a formidable undertaking. The work can proceed one section at a time since the existing roof will remain in place.

Metal roofing products can be applied over existing roofing products. The cost of metal roofing is reasonable, and installation is only moderately difficult. Metal products come in a variety of colors and the warranty exceeds that of asphalt products.

Do-it-yourself roofing projects can be accomplished by the industrious home owner. Many projects are inexpensive and easy to complete. Some projects may require the delivery of materials and a helping hand. All do-it-yourself roofing projects require reliable ladders and scaffolding. Safety equipment should be the first priority.

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