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roof repair from tree damage

Category:Carpentry Question:hole in roof Full Description:My mom has had a tree fall on her house. The tree came through the roof and into the livingroom ceiling. Is there a way to replace roof boards, tarpaper, and roofing in just that one place? The rest of the roof looks pretty good yet. It is a frame house with a loft type half story. The loft part has a solid wall though. The living room is open to the beams. The hole in the living room is about 2 feet by 2 feet.

Re: roof repair from tree damage

Fixing a hole in the roof is a little more complicated than that.

First, the area has to be cleaned and the damaged assessed.

Second, make all framing repairs, and when approved, cover with paper and finish the roof and tie it to the rest of the roof. By the time you put on the new roof, you'll see that the area is much bigger than 2 ft x 2 ft.

Good luck.

A. Spruce
Re: roof repair from tree damage

If you're asking if just the area of the hole can be fixed rather than stripping off the whole roof, then yes, just the area of the hole can be fixed. Unless the roof is on it's last legs, this would be the most common way to do it.

What it will take to fix that hole is something that will require more details to determine. If there is broken framing in the roof, that will need to be repaired first. If it's a truss, you'll want to consult with an engineer so that the integrity of the truss is restored.

The damaged sheathing under the roof covering will need replacement, which will require opening the roof covering a little larger than the repair. There are right and wrong ways to do this, so again, more information is required.

The roof covering itself only has to be patched in, so carefully remove the damage plus whatever is needed to make the repairs. A qualified roofer will be able to make the patch water tight.

None of this is a DIY project unless you've got considerable knowledge about framing and roofing.

The interior repairs can probably be tackled by a DIY'r, as it's mostly cosmetic repair.

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