Sometimes a roof will leak long before the roof needs to be replaced. However, when you have a leaking roof it's important that you take care of it right away. Leaving a leak unfixed will lead to localized damage which will then become damage to a larger area that requires much more in the way of repairs. This article will help you learn how to find leaks and repair them on your own.
Finding the leak
You may think it would be easy to locate a leak if you have one, but this isn't always the case. In many cases you will need to get on top of the roof and look for problem areas. Once you're on the roof, if you don't spot an obvious problem at a glance then you want to focus your attention around the chimney and vent. These are the most common areas for a shingle roof to develop a leak.
If there are no problems around the chimney or the vent, then you want to look at the condition of all the shingles. You'll be looking for any shingles showing signs of damage, such as curling or ripping, or even shingles that are missing. Take note of all the areas where you find damage. These will need repairing to stop the leaks.
Repairing the leak
If you find shingles that are curling, you can usually repair the issue easily. Take some roofing cement and put it on the back of the shingle. Press the shingle down and apply firm pressure for a few minutes. If it's cold, you may need to soften the shingle first by using the flame of a torch to slightly heat it up. Once it's warm you can apply the cement and push the shingle into place.
If you find missing shingles, then you can reattach the shingle or attach a new one. Take the shingle and apply a generous amount of the roofing cement to the bottom. Put the shingle in place, being careful to align it with the surrounding shingles and apply firm pressure for a few minutes.
If you find any shingles that are torn or rotten, then you want to go ahead and replace those shingles with new ones. You will do this by removing them and following the instructions detailed above for reattaching a missing one.
If you feel at any time that you are going to be in over your head, you should call a roof installation and repair professional to come repair the roof for you.Share
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