A hole in your roof can cause some serious water damage, which leads to insect infestations and mold growth. However, other damage can occur and cause a leaky roof, such as an old satellite dish or a tree branch falling on the roof and breaking the shingles.

how to patch and repair a hole in the roof

It’s wise to call a professional roofer to do a roof repair and patch a hole, and Water Damage and Roofing of Austin is here to help. However, if you want to try and fix the roof hole yourself, here are the steps to take:

Word of Warning for DIY Roof Repairs

roofing crew nailing a roof

A good patch buys you time before you require a full roof replacement. If you’ve got carpentry experience and are comfortable on a ladder, you might be able to patch a hole yourself. However, this is very dangerous work and could lead to damage of the house decking.

If you don’t have basic carpentry skills or are impatient and inexperienced, it’s generally wise to call a professional to patch the hole in your roof. We are the top choice, and you can use the online form or dial (512) 820-6505 for assistance.

Related Article: How to Fix A Roof Leak

Things You Need for a Roof Repair

roofing crewmen installing roof underlayment

  • Rubber-soled shoes
  • Pry bar
  • Extension ladder
  • Asphalt shingles (with extra shingles)
  • Gloves
  • Circular saw or reciprocating saw
  • Claw hammer
  • New plywood (same thickness as the current decking)
  • Putty knife
  • Roofing tar paper
  • Roofing cement
  • Roofing nails
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Liquid nails
  • 3-inch nails
  • 2.5-inch nails
  • 2x4s

Steps to Take

Get Set Up

Get your ladder and secure it in place. Make sure you’ve got all the materials and tools necessary, and keep them away from the edge so that the nails and other things don’t fall from the roof.

Remove Damaged Shingles

damaged roof shigle

Use a pry bar to remove the old shingles from the hole. Start at the top, working your way back down. Continue removing shingles until you see no more damage. If there’s no water damage, use your hammer’s claw side to get out any remaining nails and go to step eight.

Replace Damaged Wood and Damaged Decking

Before you patch the hole, cut and replace that entire area of damaged wood. You should utilize a circular saw or reciprocating saw to get rid of the damaged plywood, but avoid cutting the rafter.

Work on a small section of the roof decking at one time, cutting separate holes so that you avoid the rafters. It’s best to call a professional for this step!

Create Framing

roofing crewmen installing roof rafters

Create a frame for the new plywood with your 2x4s. If that damaged area is small, affix the wood beneath your existing good plywood using 2.5-inch nails. Extend your braces the length of that hole on both sides, making the brace roughly three times longer than your hole.

You may have to affix those 2x4s to the rafters using 3-inch nails if you have a larger hole. Likewise, you can work from the attic to reach the roof rafters. Make sure you’re not missing nails!

Patch a Hole

Measure the hole’s dimensions and cut a piece of plywood that perfectly matches. With gloves on, apply liquid nails to the plywood, putting it into the exposed hole. Then, nail the fresh patch to the framing to cover up the damaged area. It’s easier to patch the hole this way!

Add Tar Paper with Roofing Cement

Use a putty knife with a broad edge to spread the cement across the seams where your fresh plywood connects to the existing wood. Once that’s in place, lay tar paper over the patch. Make sure the roofing tar paper extends beneath those top shingles by roughly 2 inches. Nail it down!

Attach Shingles with Roofing Nails

New shingles should overlap, so you want to start at the bottom and work your way to the top when attaching them. Roof nails are the best choice here. Once the new shingles are connected to the plywood, you cover the nails with cement to prevent leaks!

Should You Deal with a Hole in the Roof Yourself?

When dealing with shingles, it’s often best to let the professionals fix the hole. You may not get them all the way to the edge, which allows water to come through.

Why Consider Professional Roof Repair

If you’re worried you need a roof replacement, it might be wise to hire a professional for the job. After fixing the hole, we also offer maintenance plans to ensure that it’s done right. Here are a few times when you should contact us:

Don’t Have Appropriate Tools and Materials

Some tasks require specific tools to get to the edges, and you may not have them. While you can buy nails and tar paper at a home improvement store, it’s generally best to let us handle it for you.

Can’t Figure out What to Patch

Have us come and check the edges and decking of your roof to ensure that there are no missing pieces or damage. We assess the issue and offer solutions to meet your needs.

Consider Water Damage and Roofing of Austin

You’ve just learned how to handle roof leaks yourself, but many homeowners don’t feel comfortable on a ladder or up so high.

When you have a hole in the roof, you want to get it fixed quickly. Otherwise, you may wait too long and can’t repair the damage. In that situation, your best bet is to get a new roof, but there’s hope!

We can help you deal with your flat roof or another roofing system. Don’t patch holes yourself. Instead, call (512) 820-6505 for a free estimate. Once we’ve taken care of the problem, we can help you set up a maintenance schedule!