Your roof is your last line of defense against Mother Nature. With hurricanes regularly threatening our homes and occasional unexpected storms, it’s important to have a roof. Problems can quickly surface when your roof leaks. It is a smart decision for homeowners to understand roof leak repair.
WHAT TIME IS REQUIRED TO ROOFLEAK REPAIRS
A leaking roof can be repaired in a matter of hours or days. It depends on the size of the leak and how severe it is, the time taken to fix a leaking roof may take 24 hours or several days.
For example, let’s say you need to repair a burst pipes. It is not the most difficult or complicated job, and professionals can usually complete the task in a short time. It might take up to a week for repairs on a roof that has a large gap and allowed water in the house.
5 ESSENTIAL LEAK REPAIR TIPS
Here are some tips from trusted roofers to help you fix small leaks.
Find the source of leaks
To check for missing, damaged, curled or stained shingles, use a ladder to climb up the roof. End caps and tent-shaped roof shingles can also leak. These shingles cover the roof’s angular peaks and points where flashing and caulking have been damaged. You should also inspect the chimney area, including the chimney pipes, vents and vents for loose parts or signs of wear.
Secure curled Shingles
Curled-back roofing shingles can cause roof leaks. You can fix these by applying asphalt roofing cement to the underside of the roof shingles. Make sure that all corners and edges are secured and press down on them to set. You can either apply roofing cement with a brush or in tubes using a caulk gun.
Replace damaged, stained or missing shingles
A quick fix for a leaky roof is to replace missing or damaged roof shingles. To remove nails, lift the shingles from the edges and use a prybar to lift them. After the nails have been removed, the shingle should be free to fall out. After removing any protruding nails, level the roof and scrape off any cement leftover. Apply adhesive roofing cement to the underside of replacement shingles, and then fit them in the places where they were damaged.
Check out the vent boots
To check if water is coming from your roof vents or plumbing vent boots, examine them carefully. Examine the rubber fleshing for cracks or broken metal seams. You may also need to replace the vent boot or rubber gasket surrounding the vent pipe. These sections should be replaced or repaired to prevent future leaks.
Don’t delay repairs
It is tempting to ignore a small leak in your roof. However, it is important to remember that even tiny problems can quickly escalate into major issues. All the moisture can get into your sheathing and framing from this tiny gap. You could also have your insulation compromised which can increase your energy bills. If your ceiling is damaged, rainwater can also flow inside your house the next time it rains. Don’t delay roof repairs. The best thing to do is get your roof fixed as soon as possible.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Companies Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.