Leak Be Gone: 5 Tips to Repairing a Leaky Roof

Leak Be Gone: 5 Tips to Repairing a Leaky Roof
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    Though your roof is designed to withstand the forces of nature, there are always going to be exceptions for even the most professionally constructed roof.

    If the day comes that a leak is detected on your roof, don’t panic.

    Some leaks are minor and can be repaired easily.


Let’s take a look at five of the most common causes of a leaky roof and how to repair them.

Repairing Leaks Caused by Missing Shingles

If the culprit of your leaky roof is discovered to be missing shingles, fixing it will be very simple. Purchase a few replacement shingles (although one shingle is missing, the surrounding shingles may be compromised and will need replacing as well), some roofing nails, and a hammer. Using a ladder, climb onto your roof and slide the replacement shingle under the top shingle. Set it perfectly aligned with the neighboring shingles and hammer in the roofing nails.

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Repairing Leaks on a Flat Roof

Not all rooftops are designed and constructed in similar fashions and with similar materials. If your rooftop is flat or has a very low slope then you have a few options available to you when it comes to repairing leaks.

The first option is to place several coats of a weatherproof sealant over the leaking section of your roof. A second option is to purchase a sheet of single-ply roofing material to nail or screw down. The third option is to use a can of insulation spray that will act as a spot sealant for the leak.

Repairing Leaks from a Protruding Fixture

Some of the most common fixtures we view on the rooftops of residential homes can actually be one of the first culprits of a leaky roof. Chimneys and vents are among the most common rooftop fixtures that can become compromised and lead to water leaking through your roof. There are many ways to fix a leak caused by compromised materials surrounding a chimney or a vent, so be sure to choose the option that fits your budget and your repair skills.

Repairing Leaks from Damaged Window Sealant

It may surprise you to learn that your leaky roof could actually be the result of cracked or missing caulking around the outside of your windows. The caulking around your windows can become dry, cracked, and begin to flake off.

To repair this type of leak, you must first remove all of the old caulking and apply a new layer of either silicon or latex.

When embarking on your roof repair mission, always follow proper safety protocols to avoid accidents and injuries. Always wear the proper footgear for climbing on roofs, always use a sturdy ladder, and also use protective eyewear.

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