When it comes to repairing the roof of a building, the house owner does not spare any change. The roof is subjected to plenty of wear and tear. By now, as a homeowner, you must be tired of calling a professional for virtually anything associated with roofing. Well, I personally would not advise anybody to do if he or she is not a professional because of the dangerous nature of the job. Although you can mend minor issues yourself if you want to. Here I am going to take you through step by step hot to repair your leaking roof. From tracking down the leak to replacing damages shingle, patches, tears, and sealing. Although some of these fixes are relatively easy to carry out, you should call a professional for large problems and… well… if you can’t fix the small one too.
- CHECK FOR DAMAGES
If you cannot track down the leak, you can always track down the leak by following the watermark. These watermarks will then lead you to the site of damage. Trace it to the reverse side and you will see where you have to work on. If your roof is slightly slanted, of course, the water will slide to another location, all you have to do is retrace the watermark back to its source- the damage. If you are still having trouble locating the leak, run a hose on that part of the roof for about 30 sec and ask a friend inside to tell you when the spot the damage.
- Observing the damage
After spotting the problem, check if it is within your skill to carry out the repair, if not you should call a professional. Search for large wear and tear, cracked, curled or missing shingles at the point of damage. Fixing 1 or 2 shingle is relatively easy. Resealing minor gaps are easy to do yourself. On the other hand, if there are more than 4 patches of removed shingle, extensive wear and tear, then you will need to replace the roof immediately and for that, you will need the services of a professional.
- Repairing the damage
As time goes on, the integrity of the shingle is weakened and the shingle begins to curl especially the asphalt shingles. So, you can carefully straighten any curled shingle by using a shingle gum applied on the raised corner and reattach. Press the shingle down and cover the shingle edges whit a hand trowel and roof cement.
You can repair a crack in the roof with roof sealant. You do not have to replace every shingle that has a tear with another one. Rather, you could apply a thick roof sealant on the reverse side of the crack whit a caulking gun. Press down the shingle and apply the sealant over the crack to completely cover it.
Replacing missing shingles is as easy as straightening curled shingle. If a shingle is missing, go to a hardware store and find a replacement that matches the original shingle. Carefully remove the broken shingle by removing the nails with a crowbar. Slid it out, scrape out the area where the former shingle used to be. Gently side the new shingle into the site and fasten with a roofing nail.