The methods taken to fix a roof leak depend upon the construction of the roof and the roofing material being used. The following are a list of roof types along with step-by-step directions to fix a leak in them;
- Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair
The first step that should be taken is to test the asphalt roof condition. Slightly bend over the side of the shingles, if they crack or break than they need to be replaced immediately. A collection of mineral granules in the gutters is an indication that the asphalt roof is wearing down. Small tears or cracks on the shingles can be fixed but the highly damaged shingles need to be replaced. If the roof has several leaks and damaged shingles than it is time to replace them with asphalt fiberglass shingles.
- Built Up (flat) Roof Repair
Built up roofs are known for their durability, but at times leaks can develop where the flashing is located along the connections of the chimney and roof planes. Wind can also blow the gravel away and expose the roof to heat and cold. Gravel is a necessary material needed to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, so for this purpose ensure that there are no bare patches in the gravel. At times blisters can also form on flat roofs from the heat of the sun. Use a utility knife to get rid of them.
- Metal Roofing Repair
Damage caused by heavy storms and rusting of the metal can hinder a metal roofs durability. If the damage is large, then the only solution is to replace the whole roof, but if the damage is relatively small than you can use do-it-yourself techniques to fix them. Look for loose nails and pull them out. Look for rust patches and remove them with a wire brush then cover the place with a metal primer. Seal up any leaks you may find and if necessary reseal all seams and edges.
- Tile & Masonry Roof Repair
The most common problem with masonry roofing is cracking. Plastic roofing cement can be used to repair the cracks and holes. If a tile is broken or cracked than carefully pry up the tiles and spread small amount of roofing cement under the replacement and finally press down the tiles carefully. If you have a leakage problem than the membrane beneath the tiles need to be replaced.
- Wood Shingle Roofing Repair
Shingles can last between 15 and 40 years and the durability of shingles depends upon the climatic changes taking place in your area. If you suspect that you have cracked or damaged shingle than check your roof for curled or split shingles. Once found, split the damaged shingles along the wood grain, slide a flat bar under the shingle and cut a replacement shingle to fit the space.
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