How to Fix a leaking Roof

Written by Posted On Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:26
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A leaking roof is a cause of great concern as it can turn into a bigger disaster in a very short time. There is a way out to escape from the big expenditure by repairing the roof by yourself. Sounds difficult? Absolutely Not! Read on to know how.

Have a leaking roof? Then better fix it immediately before it gets too late. In case of a bigger damage it’s best to have professional roofing service providers to fix the problem. However, a little knowledge on how to fix a leaking roof can be beneficial in getting away with the problem right away. Knowing some of the ways of roof repair methods will also save you from making a bigger expenditure. At first this may sound very technical but it’s not that difficult to repair minor leaks. To make this easier, given here is a helpful guide on how to repair a leaking roof.

Repairing a Leaking Shingle Roof

Shingle roofs are the easiest ones to fix. At the leak point look out for damages, missing or curled shingles. Curled shingles can be joined back by using either compound in tubes or asphalt roof cement. To replace missing shingles apply good quality roof cement at the bottom; a splotch to the corners and press the shingle over the place.
In case a larger area has been damaged then it’s best to have a new roof installed by professional roofers. Or else replace the old shingles one by one with left over shingles from the previous installation. If you don’t have matching shingles then non-matching ones will do.

Repairing a Leaking Wooden Roof

Repairing a leaking wooden roof is little tough than repairing shingle roof. After inspecting the roof for damaged points, get new shingles or shakes to replace the older ones. Firstly pull out the damaged shake pieces with a hammer and sharp chisel. Be careful to not to scratch the other wooden shakes. Since it’s difficult to force out the nails from shakes, use hacksaw for cutting the heads of nails to pull them out. Measure the gap formed by the damaged shake and replace it with a new shake about 3/8 inch smaller than the original size. Install new shakes by nailing them down with two roofing nails. Push the shake hard enough into the gap and finally seal it with caulking compound.

How to Repair a Flat Roof?

It’s easy to spot leaks on a flat roof. Normally leaks occur at low points or at spots where some damage has occurred. If water is still collected over the leaking area then mop it and leave it to dry off completely. Look out for any cracks or blisters where the top has been damaged. To mend the blisters, slice it with sharp knife from middle and lift the edges. Squeeze out the water, if required, and soak all the water from the roofing layers. Allow the layers to dry out. Spread a thick layer of roof cement on the loose edges of the cut and press down the blister firmly. Finally close the blister with 6d roofing nails and spread another layer of roof cement to cover the blister.

By now, you definitely know how to inspect and repair minor leakage in roofs. However, if you still have any doubts or troubles take help from professionals.


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