Fixing a Roof Valley

Learn to perform this important roof repair yourself.

DIY Repairs Many roof repair jobs are best left to the professionals, but there are some that the handy homeowner can take on him- or herself. If you notice that one of your roof valleys is leaking, you may be able to fix it yourself. We’ve assembled a few tips here to help you do it properly.

What is a roof valley?

When two sections of a sloped roof meet, the area is called a valley. The area serves as a trough for water runoff, which is why water damage here is so devastating. A leak in the valley can lead to water damage inside the home, or it might damage exterior roof tiles and shingles.

You can use a wide range of different materials to repair damage to a roof valley. Galvanized metal is a popular material. Copper is quite beautiful but can also be very expensive. Finally, you can also choose to work with a waterproofing membrane.

Tips to Complete the Repair

The first thing you need to do is gather all of your tools and have them at the ready, preferably on the roof with you. The last thing you want to do is climb up and down the ladder multiple times to fetch tools. You should also work with an assistant for safety reasons. Make sure at least one of you has a cell phone with you (safely secured on your person) in case an accident or injury should happen.

Once you get onto the roof, strip the tiles, slate, or shingles that abut the valley. Put down tar paper or felt as the primary layer, then add whatever material you are using to repair the roof valley. Finally, replace the roofing material, cutting shingles or other material to fit as necessary.

When DIY Repair Isn’t the Best Option

Before you attempt roof repair yourself, use caution. If your roof has experienced major leaks, water damage, or wind damage, it’s best to call a professional. If you are using a high-end material like copper, it might be more difficult to install.

For these cases, it’s best to call MEIS Roofing & Construction. We are proud to be your partner in maintaining and caring for your home. If the job is ever too big for you complete yourself, simply give us a call.