Hole in Roof

And it’s a hole in one! Well, in the game of golf that’s great. In fact it doesn’t get any more fun than getting a hole in one in the game of golf. But if it’s a hole in your roof… well that’s no fun at all. Not only does it allow rain to get into your structure but it can also let in unwanted varmints. The size of the varmint depends on the size of the hole of course. At any rate you don’t want rain or varmints entering through your roof.

Obviously you will want to close up the hole so there will no longer be a problem. But having to deal with the problem creates a problem in its self. You will either have to pay someone, either a contractor or a qualified handyman to take care of repairing the hole in your roof, or to take on the job of repairing it yourself. Either way it’s going to cost you. And yes, that’s about par for the course right?

If you decide to hire a professional roofer or a qualified handyman then money is probably the only thing in question. But if you are thinking of tackling the job yourself then here’s some hints to help you get the job done.

First make sure you have a safe ladder, soft soled shoes, a good tool belt, and know what material you will need for the repair job. Remove the shingles over the hole using a pry bar to lift the shingles and remove the nails. Make a decision how much plywood you will need to remove depending on the size of the hole. Now use a skill or reciprocating saw to cut out from rafter to rafter the existing plywood in order to eliminate the hole.

Then you will need to attach 2 X 4 braces onto the rafters underneath the plywood decking you just removed. Once you have the braces in place on the rafters, cut a piece of plywood to replace the one you cut out and removed. Make sure you use the same thickness of plywood that you removed. Once the plywood has been nailed down securely cover the plywood with felt or other underlayment.

Now you are ready to replace your shingles. Using the same pattern of the existing shingles replace the new shingles beginning at the bottom and working your way up until you have completely replace all the shingles that were removed. There is a possibility the new shingles may not be the exact color as the old shingles were. The reason for this is over a period of time your old roof weathers and discolors or fades.

Congratulations! By eliminating the hole you have avoided the water trap. And that’s a good day on the course I don’t care who you are.