Roofing contractors do not typically offer patch solutions for your smaller roofing problems. They may offer a service that secures loose shingles, but that is often the extent of their patch services. Every so often, however, you will find a roofing contractor that has some seemingly crazy ideas on how to patch a roof. When you do, do not ignore this roofer! He or she has more experience in the business and can offer patching solutions that really work, such as the following.

Driveway Sealer on the Roof?

Yes, driveway sealer on the roof is actually a very good patch. Some roofers even use it as a underlay material for adhering the rubber to the particle board and/or the shingles to the rubber roofing. When used as a patch material, it makes shingles stick in place and blocks out moisture so that any part of the roof underneath the shingles is protected. If you have wooden shingles rather than asphalt shingles, the roofer may use pitch (pine tar) instead of driveway sealer, but the desired effect is the same.

Salt and Vegetable Oil in the Gutters?

Salt melts snow and ice. Vegetable oil prevents the adhesion of ice and snow. A combination of the two right before the first winter snow helps prevent the buildup of snow and ice in your gutters during the first couple of winter storms. After that, you may need to reapply the mixture. However, you may find that you never need to deal with another ice dam again.

Welded Gutters?

Replacing aluminum gutters with steel ones is the first step in this approach. Then the gutters are welded onto plates that are secured under the eaves to the roof of your house. It makes the gutters impossible to remove, and impervious to all kinds of weather, including high winds and hurricanes.

Steel Trusses?

Steel is the go-to metal for supporting roofs on factories and industrial plants, so why not your house? Well, they are more expensive than the typical wooden trusses used in home construction. They are also a little heavier. Yet, with the right supports and a flush banking account, they could be a fantastic option for strengthening the roof of your home. You may need to consult with an architect or a structural engineer on this to get the right balance of weight and support, but it is an entirely possible roofing remedy for a home that currently has a weak and/or dilapidated roof.

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