Self-repair Roofing Tips & Techniques

Welcome to California Roof Savers "Do it yourself" roof maintenance and repair tips section. On this page, you will find various tips and hints on keeping your roof in top condition. You'll save hundreds or even thousands of dollars year after year by extending the life of your existing roof with proper maintenance.

IMPORTANT: If you don't feel comfortable climbing ladders or being on the roof, then don't do it! If you do get on the roof and realize that's not where you want to be, take a minute to catch your breath. If you are unsure about climbing down from your roof, don't do it! Seek assistance.

The most important thing to know about your roof is to know it! You should know what type of roofing material you have, who the manufacturers of the roofing materials are, how old your roof is, and (when possible) who installed it.

You should also know how to access your roof safely. If there's a roof latch, learn how to open it. If it's locked, where is the key? If you access your roof with a ladder, make sure that the ladder is both tall enough and strong enough to get you to the top, and that there is someone securing the ladder at it's base while you are climbing up and down.

Use a Ladder Hook

This handy device attaches to the top rung of a straight ladder and hooks over the ridge of a roof. It offers a secure grip and allows you to climb up and down the roof without stepping on shingles.

Easy DIY Roof Maintenance

  • Check your roof bi-yearly (spring and fall).
  • Always have someone hold your ladder, or
    hold the ladder for someone else.
  • Limit access/foot traffic on your roof area.
  • Keep debris off the roofs and gutter (tree
    limbs/leaves, dirt, toys, etc.).
  • Inspect ground area for blown off roofing
  • Look for wear and tear on your roof
  • Check for and remove debris from valleys and
    flat areas.
  • Inspect all roof penetrations, vents, pipes,
    chimneys and skylights, looking for cracks in
    the caulk and sealants. Seal as needed with
    plastic roofing cement or high quality caulk.
  • Ensure that any previous roof-top equipment repairs/installations are properly done.

Preventing Roof Fires

It's possible to lose your home or building because of a roof fire. Roof fires can be ignited by burning embers escaping through the spark arrestor. Check the top of your chimney to insure the presence of a spark arrestor, or at the very least, some type of wire mesh. It's always a good idea to add extra mesh.

Wind Damage

If you have wind damage, try not to use nails, especially on flat roofs. Secure tarps or plastic visqueen safely with bricks or weights. Be aware that anything you put on your roof may fall, so use caution.

Take Extra Care With Tile Roofs

Tile roof owners, be careful. Tiles can be loosened during high wind storms, and fall near houses where people generally walk.




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