Category Archives: Roofing

Without a good roof over your head, your home can become a mess. If you want to DIY we have some great tips for you.

Finding That Roof Leak

Having a roof leak is never a good thing, sometimes finding it can be a real adventure. Water from a roof leak can travel a long way down a rafter across a joist and then across the ceiling before ever appearing where you will see it.

Tim the tool man here again bringing you another adventure in home improvement. This time offering a step by step guide for any do it yourself project when your home has an unexpected leak coming from the ceiling inside your house. One of the first thoughts when you first notice moisture, a water spot, or hear that dripping sound when ever it rains is that somewhere on your roof there just maybe a crack, a small hole where a roofing nail used to be or some missing caulk around the flashing around the roof vents. In any case trying to find just where that leak is coming from on your roof is like finding a needle in a haystack. In other words, an impossible task to locate just where that crack or hole is on one’s roof.

Fixing roof leak

There are many options to consider when one is faced in preventing further water damage inside one’s home due to a leaky roof. The most obvious one is the thought that the roof is old and it might be in need of a total replacement. That’s the most expensive option. One that will cost well over $5,000 or more depending on the square footage of your roof. For many of us, especially us senior citizens living on Social Security, that is not the option. The best chance to eliminate any leaks, protect home and at the same time if you happen to live in a warm climate such as Florida keep your interior cool on those extremely hot and humid days is to apply a silicone water proof barrier over the entire roof.

With the advent of today’s silicone roofing technologies, they have come up with various sealants that would more affordable and more practical to apply directly on your roof instead of a total roof repair. Through due diligence and research on the many types of silicone sealers, I recommend, Eterna-Lote S-100. From all the recommendations there are this one is by far the best choice for any type of roof. You can order it online but, for sheer convince and cost Home Depot carries this brand. They say timing is everything for I was just fortunate enough to be at Home Depot when they had Eterna-Lote S-100 on sale. Originally a 5 gallon bucket would cost a little over $200 but it was marked down to $70. The square footage of my roof required two 5 gallon drums of this sealant. A far better price than had I opted to replace my roof. Besides there is a 50 year warranty. What a deal.

There really isn’t much to do once you have the necessary equipment needed to complete the task at hand in applying this sealant on your roof. 5 gallons covers just about 500 square feet no primer needed. What I recommend for a single story dwelling is an 8ft. ladder, and extendable roller handle with a paint roller designed for rough surfaces considering our roof is a rolled out shingled roof. Next you will need an empty 5 gallon bucket. Once you have these necessary tools application is easy to do.

One other word of caution is to check the weather forecast before applying. For best results your roof should be dry and free of any debris. If any rain is in the forecast wait until there is at least two days of warm dry weather before and after applying this sealant. What I did was wait until the weather was a balmy sunny 65 degrees. And in Florida during the winter months 65 degree days are quite common. I started with emptying 2 gallons of Eterna into the empty 5 gallon bucket giving me easy access to lift it up on to the roof. This is because I am not Hercules any longer and 5 gallons of this sealant weighs just about 100 lbs. So carrying that weight up my ladder would have been a considerable chore, to say the least.roof seal

Having a slow pitched A frame roof it is quite easy to move around without any safety lines. Just be careful when you come close to any edge. That is why having this extended roller handle came in handy. Starting in the back of he house I proceeded to roll this sealant covering the roof, easing my way toward the front. Two and a half gallons of sealant covered 1/4 of my roof surface. Four hours later exhausted from all the non stop application I finally finished. It was around 3:45 PM just about the time the instructions stated that” for best results do not apply after 4 PM.” All I had to do now was clean up.

Clean up is relatively easy Paint thinner is the best choice to clean your roller and any drops of sealant that just happened to splatter on yourself. I wasn’t so fortunate though I look down and my legs were splattered with sealant. I probably had more sealant on me than on some parts of my roof. Just kidding though. Anyway with a clean cloth and paint thinner I managed clean up what ever mess I made.

The moment of truth arrived to see how effective this roofing sealant really is two days latter. It was around two in the morning and rain started pouring down. Wind gusts exceeded 50 mph and for four hours driving rain pounded the roof. Somewhere during that time two large tree branches broke off landing just short of our outdoor kitchen just missing the roof. Through it all not a drop came through our ceiling. Our house was safe and dry.

So if you have a leak somewhere coming from your ceiling and you know it is not coming from an upstairs bathroom it could only come from a crack or leak somewhere on your roof. Instead of replacing your roof Tim the tool man recommends Eterna-kote S-100 ultra silicone sealant for your roofing repairs even if you happen to locate where that leak is coming from. It works. Tim the tool man signing off until the next time.

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Limits of Your Roof Warranty

Your roof could be one of the most expensive repairs you will need to do to your home. The cost will depend on many factors. Your new roof shingles will come with a manufactures warranty, but how good is it and will you be covered if something goes wrong?

Checking the fine print of the roof warranty, for the shingle you plan to use could save you a big headache and expense in the future.

Being sure that the shingle are installed properly and according to the manufacturer directions is critical, that will be the first thing they will look at if you file a warranty claim.

  • For the first 10 years, many manufacturers will cover the cost of shingles and labor to install the roofing, but their warranty will not cover the cost to tear-off the old roof, felt and accessories, permitting and dump fees. A $10,000 roof job could leave the homeowner in the first year of warranty responsible for almost half the cost to replace the roof.

  • Once the 10 year period has passed, roofing shingle warranties drastically go down to almost 30 cents on the dollar. Based on inflation, the homeowner could pay more than the original cost of the roof.

  • Most shingle warranties are not transferrable. So if the home is sold five years after the new roof is installed, the new owner typically does not have a warranty.

Based on the details, many shingle warranties can leave the homeowner with a huge bill.

Roofing manufacturer GAF Roofing has realized that real long-term warranties have become a big issue for homeowners who plan on staying in their home. The company has developed a GAF Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor Program, which verifies that a roofing company with the GAF endorsement has the license, reputation, insurance and skills to correctly install a roof.

GAF will then offer an enhanced homeowner’s warranty program through their Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor Program as long as GAF Roofing accessories are used to ensure the product quality of the roof. The enhanced warranty coverage does cost extra, but under the program, if the roof fails because of a manufacturer’s defect 25 years later, the roof will be completely replaced at no cost to the homeowner. Plus the enhanced warranty is transferable one time to a new homeowner. This could be a real selling feature for a potential new homeowner.

Thanks to Daily Commercial for this great information.

Installing Your Roof Shingles.

Now that you have the roof stripped, cleaned and prepped, it’s time for installing your roof shingles. As easy as it may look or seen to be, there are things that you need to do properly to keep your roof from leaking and last a long time. Some of the key factors when installing roof shingle is nail placement, the nails need to be where they will hold down the shingle you are installing and also the top of the shingle underneath it. All shingle packages come with instructions printed on the package, please read these to see the correct nailing pattern for the roof shingles you are installing.

Below it a great video from on how install your roof shingles.



Removing Roof Shingles!

So you have made the choice to redo your roof yourself, Great, I love Do It Yourselfers. I probably goes without saying, but Safety First, know what you are up against and keep your mind on the task at hand, it is easy to get distracted and your roof is not the place to let that happen. It is always a good idea to have at least 2 people on the job in case of an issue.

When you decide to rip off the old roof, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast as you don’t want to have the shingles ripped and a thunderstorm show up. If you need to get it done aand the weather is iffy, do the roof in sections, rip and replace as you go.

If you are not use to doing this type of work it can be tiring, take your time and take breaks.

Here is a great video from to give you some tips on ripping your roof.

For another great video on installing your new roof Click Here!



Safety First When Working on a Roof.

It is easy to ignore safety first when you are working on a roof, but it is also very easy to take a few minutes to install a safety harness to keep you from falling off a roof and sustaining severe injury or death. Today there is a large amount of safety equipment available to protect you from fails. Installing and wearing this equipment can save your life. Don’t be foolish!

Check out this brief video from Allied Building Products Corp. on how to properly install a safety rope and harness.

Needing a New Roof?

If your home is needing a new roof soon, whether you are considering doing it yourself of hiring a contractor there are a few common mistakes that you really should make sure are avoided because these are where most roof issues come from. It is good to educate yourself with these issues even if you hire someone else so you can prevent problem down the road. If you are planning to replace your own roof pay close attention to these things so you come away with a great project that will last for many years.

I came across this wonderful video by that explains the 5 most common roofing mistakes.

Always remember safety first when working around your home.


What Is the Condition of Your Roof?

Your roof is one of the biggest home preventive maintenance items and is very often overlooked. Checking your roof for signs of wear and damage can prevent the need for major water damage repairs costing thousands of dollars.

Your roof is the first line of defense protecting you and your valuables from whatever mother nature throws at you. Making sure it is in good condition will help keep your home safe and dry.

Doing a general inspection from the ground and inside your home will give you some indication of the condition of the roof and whether or not there are leaks or other issues that will cause problems in the future.

For safety reasons, hiring a professional roofer or home inspector is your best option for making sure your roof is holding back the weather.

If you feel comfortable doing it yourself, here is a great list of things to look for, courtesy of

Exterior Roof Inspection

  1. Severely blistered, curled or split shingles.
  2. Loose or missing shingles.
  3. Loose nails.
  4. Exposed nails.
  5. Broken or loose shingles at the ridge and hip lines.
  6. Signs of missing caulk to seal flashing.
  7. Rusty or corroded metal flashing.
  8. Damaged or missing flashing.
  9. Sagging on the ridges.
  10. Broken seals on shingles.
  11. Excessive granule loss.
  12. Chimney cracks.
  13. Rubber boots at top of pipes for dry rot.
  14. Gutters and eaves for proper shingle overhangs.
  15. Review gutters and downspouts.
  16. Examine fascia board for any damage or rot.
  17. Survey the condition of siding above the roof.

damaged roof

Your roof can be one of the most expensive repairs needed on your home. But the damage that a leaky roof can cause can be a lot more expensive to repair. Check your roof or have it checked by a professional roofer at least twice a year.