A leaky roof is not something you want to have happen to you, especially if it is a leak that has gone unnoticed until it has seeped through your attic, then your ceiling and into the middle of your living room. Finding the leak before it causes this much damage is essential. You'll need to know where to look for the leak, then make the necessary repairs. See below for instructions on how to fix a leaky roof, as well as tips on how to go about finding the leak.
Finding A Leak
First you have to look for the leak. It's important to take a look inside your attic and on your roof every spring season for an inspection. It doesn't take a lot of time, and it's a preventative maintenance chore that will save you big bucks down the road. Inspect your roof from the ground, look for any stains, missing shingles, or shiny areas (which would indicate missing asphalt granules). Get up onto a ladder next and onto your roof. Carefully check for soft spots, missing shingles or flashing, or wet spots on the roof. If you find any of these, go into your attic for further inspection. Do this during the day so you can see holes in the attic a little better.
Repairing The Leak
Once you have found the leak, you can make the necessary repairs.
- Flashing Leaks. If the leak is around the flashing, take off the old flashing and replace it with a new piece. Use nails to hold it in place, then caulk around it to keep it sealed.
- Missing Shingles. For leaks from missing shingles, replace the shingles by pulling up the shingles above, then set the replacement shingle in place, nailing it down, then nailing the piece above it back in place.
- Soft Spots. If you have soft spots on your roof, you may need to have the shingles removed, then the bad wood below replaced altogether. If this is the case, you may want to call in professional roofing services for help to have the work done properly. They have the tools, know-how and manpower to get the work done.
Roofing leaks can happen for a number of different reasons. If you have an older roof and heavy damage (such as missing shingles or a lot of missing granules), think about having your roof replaced altogether by a professional roofing repair company. Call for an estimate to have it replaced today.