you're in the
home improvement zone--YOUR HANDYMAN ZONE!
and Components Category:
Roof area is damaged and in need of repair.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
You find that your flat roof is suffering from a
gash/deep scratch, abrasion or other relatively minor damage.
A quick way to fix this is to properly apply some roofing membrane
over the damaged area like putting on a bandage, except it is
Caution: When dealing with chemicals in products,
such as roofing cement, and sharp objects, such as a carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Repairing a damaged roof with the patching of
roofing membrane can be done in a
few steps, and here's how:
Using a stiff
bristle brush, brush clean the damaged area of the roof in
preparation for its patching.
Next, use a
straightedge to help guide a clean cut around the damaged piece
of the installed roll roofing material with a carpenter's knife.
finishing cutting the damaged piece of roof with a carpenter's
knife, remove this cut piece from the roof if you have not done
Use this cut
damaged piece as a guide to cut a replacement piece from a whole
roofing membrane about three inches longer on all sides than
that of the damaged piece. Then set the cut-to-size roofing
membrane piece to the side for the time being.
With a putty
knife or joint knife, spread an ample amount of roofing cement
over the exposed area of the roof as a result of the previous
cut, making sure enough of this cement reaches under the
neighboring edges of the exposed roof (given the previous cut,
again) and that an ample amount ultimately covers the exposed
roof area for later placement of the roofing membrane over it.
Next, get a hold
of the previously cut-to-size roofing membrane and place it over
the exposed roof that's just been covered with roofing cement.
Make sure the placement of the roofing membrane is done squarely
over the exposed area, and that the roofing membrane is gently
padded down to eliminate any bumps or other abnormal spots; the
roofing membrane should be left with as a smooth of a surface as
possible, so as to conform with the rest of the roof as much as
Finally, apply yet another layer of the
roofing cement now over this newly installed roofing membrane,
making sure that the cement covering is level and that it
extends at least two inches over the edges of this roofing
That's what it takes to patch a damaged roof.
Handyman Zone Team
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