Roof repairs can be quite daunting and should generally be left to experts. However, if you feel you are handy when it comes to fixing up the house, we have some leak repair advice for you.
1. Fix the Shingles
The first thing you need to do is check if you can see where the leak is coming from. It may not be directly above where you see the water damage and you may need to do some investigation. Check the roof for shingles that are curling or buckling as that could be an indication of where the leak began. To fix it, straighten out the shingle and re-attach them with asphalt roof cement. When working with the shingles and some of them fall apart or just come lose, consider replacing those shingles.
2. Shakes That are Damaged
When you see damaged shakes, split them by using a hammer and a chisel. Use the chisel to lift the shakes and remove the pieces. Try and remove any nails by cutting off the ends, but avoid damaging the good shakes. Cut a new shake that is a bit smaller than the original one and nail it in place with roofing nails.
3. Repairing Connections
Connection points are often the areas where leaks start because the sealant has become loose or worn out. To start off with, inspect all areas where roof surfaces connect, for example, the chimney or vent pipe. Check for damage to caulking and apply new caulk where necessary.
4. Roll Roofing
When the roofing material seems damaged, inspect it for cracks or blisters. Cut the blister open without damaging the underlying roofing material. Remove the water by soaking it up or squeezing it out. Once the area is dry, apply roofing cement under the loose roofing material and press it down. Use nails to close the edges of the blisters and then cover everything with another layer of roofing cement.
Now you have four methods to use to identify and repair leaks in your home. If you realise at any point that the damage is too big for you to repair, do not hesitate to call your local roofing contractor.