How to Repair Roof Decking

A damaged roof decking requires immediate attention since it can collapse any moment, especially it is if is continually subjected to strong winds and rain. One of the first signs that your roof decking needs to be repaired is when it is already sagging, which will eventually lead to leaking and a collapse in the foundation. Don't wait for the foundation to collapse. Address the problem before it reaches that stage by making the necessary repairs to restore the roof decking to a functional state. Fixing the roof decking is easy and does not require advance skills in carpentry. Here are some tips on how to do DIY repairs on your roof decking.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Wood boards for the decking
  • Hand saw or power saw
  • Tape measure
  • Nail
  • Hammer or nail gun

Step 1 - Assess the Damage to Your Roof Decking

Before you can make any repairs, it is important that you assess the damage of the roof decking first. You need to go to the attic and inspect the rafters and the decking if there are any chips or rotten posts that need to be mended. There are a lot reasons why the roof decking may get damaged such as termite infestation or water damage. You must assess the cause of damage correctly to follow with the appropriate repair. If the damage is caused by termite infestation, you need to treat the entire house for termites first before you can proceed to the next procedure.

Step 2 - Remove the Damaged Roof Decking

Before you remove the damaged roof decking, you need to make sure that you securely prop the area before you even think about removing the damaged roof decking. This prevents the entire structure from collapsing. Once the area has been secured with enough propping, pry loose the damaged roof decking using a hammer. Pry the damaged roof decking carefully so that you will not damage the other parts of the underside of the roof.

Step 3 - Replace the Damaged Roof Decking

Once the damaged roof decking has been removed, you need to replace the damaged roof decking with a new one. To do this, make sure that you pre-measure the wooden boards that you will be using. In order to replace the damaged roof decking, you can use a nail gun to drive nails quickly into the roof decking or you can use a hammer to drive nails to the wooden boards in order to attach the roof decking to the roof.