In this episode, Jerry (an avid DIY-er of all sorts) shares his advice on DIY roofing projects, and why you should probably leave this one alone.

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Shayla: Thank you for joining us today for the Roof Life of Oregon Podcast. I’m talking with Jerry of Roof Life. And, Jerry, tell me about DIY roof repair. What advice would you give them?

Jerry: Keep at it. I give you props for doing your own repairs. I really do. I’m not going to take that away from anybody, because personally I’m a DIYer also. But I also know most DIY applications are for a temporary fix. They’re not a permanent solution, by all means. I go on a lot of roofs that people will put down a lot of black mastic or caulking, or they’ll put nails in weird areas thinking that it needs to be nailed down. Like I said, I give you props for doing that, for trying to fix it, and it probably did fix it temporarily. It is really important, once you’re able to call somebody to get it done right, to give us a call. That way, we can look at it and one, see if you did right. Two, to maybe give you a solution, if it wasn’t done right, or sometimes, three, you did it perfect. Congratulations. I’m not going to take it away from you. We just want to make sure your roof doesn’t leak. We want to make sure it lasts a long time.

Shayla: Can you think of a specific instance with a customer you’ve had lately where you can actually tell us, walk us through what they had done and what you would’ve done differently?

Jerry: You bet. There was a customer that we had in northeast Portland. Their roof was leaking. So they did what most people do. They go on the internet and search and they say, go to Home Depot, go to Lowes, find yourself some black mastic or Henry’s 101 and take it up on the roof, and coat your roof with it. That stuff is great for temporary fixes, but what this customer did was he put it down on the roof on top of the shingles. The reason why that’s not right is because the shingles are designed to evacuate the water off of the roof in a certain path. And as soon as you put something on that roof, you change the water’s path until it’s able to find a way down or into your home.

This customer just put a gob of this black mastic on this roof. It stopped his leak for about a year. And then he had to give us a call because it started leaking again. But because he put so much of it on there, the repair was almost triple of what it would have been, if he had just had us come out the first time to do it right. He tried. He gave a temporary fix. It was probably pouring down rain and he was desperate and I’m glad that he was able to stop the water from coming inside his house. But when the rain stops, give us a call, and we’re going to help you get it fixed correctly.

Shayla: So if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to them today. Thanks, Jerry.

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