Introduction: Felt roofing is a durable and cost-effective solution for residential and commercial properties. However, like any roofing material, felt roofs may require occasional repairs to maintain their integrity and functionality. While some repairs may necessitate professional assistance, some DIY know-how can tackle many minor issues. In this blog post, we’ll explore some DIY tips and tricks for repairing felt roofing, helping you keep your roof in top condition without breaking the bank.

Assessing the Damage:

  • Before embarking on any repairs, thoroughly inspect your felt roof to identify areas of damage or wear. Look for signs of tears, cracks, blistering, or loose seams. Additionally, check for areas where water may pool or leak into the building. By pinpointing the extent of the damage, you can better determine the appropriate repair methods and materials needed.

Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials:

  • You’ll need a few essential tools and materials for basic felt roofing repairs. These may include roofing cement or adhesive, a putty knife or trowel, roofing nails or staples, a hammer, a utility knife, and replacement felt patches or flashing. Ensure you have all the required supplies before repairing to avoid interruptions.

Patching Tears and Holes:

  • Patching is a straightforward solution for small tears or holes in the felt roofing material. Clean the damaged area with a brush or broom to remove debris and dirt. Next, apply a generous amount of roofing cement to the damaged area, spreading it evenly with a putty knife. Place a patch of matching felt material over the cement, pressing it firmly into place. Apply additional cement around the patch’s edges to ensure a secure bond.

Securing Loose Seams:

  • Loose seams can allow water to penetrate the roof, leading to leaks and water damage. To repair loose seams, lift the edges of the felt material and apply roofing cement underneath. Press the seams back into place and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. Secure the seams further by driving roofing nails or staples along the edges, ensuring a tight seal.

Preventing Ponding Water:

  • Ponding water can accelerate the wear and deterioration of felt roofing materials. To prevent water pooling on your roof, ensure proper drainage by regularly clearing debris from gutters and downspouts. Consider installing tapered insulation or adding additional roof drains to redirect water away from low-lying areas.

Conclusion: With the right tools, materials, and techniques, many felt DIY enthusiasts could complete roofing repairs. However, exercising caution and prioritising safety when working on your roof is essential. If you’re unsure about tackling a repair or if the damage is extensive, it’s best to consult with a professional roofing contractor.

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This is a photo of a roof extension that is having new roof tiles installed. This is a photo taken from the roof ridge looking down a tiled pitched roof on to a flat roof. Works carried out by Edenbridge Roofing Repairs