One of the most beautiful things about our website and blog is that over 80% of our readers and people who actively engage with our community are roofers themselves. Alternatively, they are people who are passionate about the roofing industry which causes them to learn everything it has to offer due to their curious minds.

Well, since most of us here have been actively engaged in roofing work and projects, we wanted to write this article to those people who have never built a roof before, but want to start working on their own property’s roof, help out a friend with building one or perhaps they might even want to start their own roofing business right now, but the only thing that is stopping them is the lack of practical experience.

This article is for all of those people who meet these criteria. Today’s topic is super simple – how do you start repairing a roof? Before we dive into this matter, please understand that we will not be going through every single step you need to take because it would take us 150 pages of content in order to write an elaborate guide on all the things you must keep in mind and do. The whole point of this post is to go over the main steps so that you could have a short guide on how to do it in case you want to do roof repair yourself, or you want to hire a professional to do it but you are eager to be educated on the work they will be doing.

This article is for all of those people who meet these criteria. Today’s topic is super simple – how do you start repairing a roof? Before we dive into this matter, please understand that we will not be going through every single step you need to take because it would take us 150 pages of content in order to write an elaborate guide on all the things you must keep in mind and do. The whole point of this post is to go over the main steps so that you could have a short guide on how to do it in case you want to do roof repair yourself, or you want to hire a professional to do it but you are eager to be educated on the work they will be doing.

Preparation & Safety and Expertise – Key Things You Need To Do Before Repairing a Roof

The preparation stage of building a roof often involves all of the necessary things such as:

1. Having the knowledge and training necessary to fix your roof well

2. Buying all of the material and equipment that will be needed for the job

3. Having practical experience prior to doing DIY roof repair

First of all, you need to accurately determine the damage source that has caused your roof to start leaking or letting debris through in the first place. In order to do that, you must have a professional roofing ladder that would allow you to climb on the roof and detect the source of the problem.

Remember, that your safety is the most important thing in this situation, so before trying to fix your roof, we highly recommend choosing a trained and certified roofing professional to have a consultation about this. Secondly, you must have at least some level of experience at roof repair. Since most of our readers are skilled roofers, I think that lack of experience will not be a huge problem.

Having The Necessary Roofing Equipment Is Vital

Thirdly, you need to ensure that you have all of the necessary equipment (e.g. ladders, nails, shingles, heavy-duty gloves, nail guns etc.) ready so that you could not only do the job properly but also make sure to not cause any further damage to your roof by using equipment and tools that are not suitable for roof repair.

Picking The Exact Same Roofing Material Your Roof Is Built With

The next thing you need to do is get the exact roofing material your roof is made of. You can do this by consulting with the roofing professional that installed the roof initially, or if that is not possible, you can consult with the previous owner of the property so that he could point you in the right direction.

This step is crucial because using the wrong type of material could result in more damage to your roof. Finally, we highly recommend working on a roof with a few other people just to minimize the total amount of risk that will be involved as roofing is a dangerous profession. We do not recommend working on your roof alone.