Roofing repair is a highly technical process best handled by trained and experienced professionals. This is more so during the rainy season when repairs need to be done with extra care due to the unpredictable and slippery weather conditions.
When it rains, a leaking roof is always a source of the greatest irritation and concern, so should you face a similar condition, here are a few answers to possible questions for addressing roof repairs:
- You can DIY (do-it-yourself) a simple leak if you’re handy
- Do not ignore a leak, however minor. Otherwise, you’ll have additional problems with mold, rot and damaged insulation and ceilings.
- In order to start the roof repair process, you first need to locate the leak and this is essentially the hardest part.
- Water stains on ceilings or walls are good indicators of leak sources.
- Roof shingles may also be removed to check for leaks.
- Sometimes leaks occur due to curled shingles.
- You may reattach the shingles that have been straightened with roof cement.
- Also check for those shingles that lift up easily when you pull at them. These also require fixing with appropriate adhesive compounds or may have to be replaced entirely.
- When you inspect for leaks in connections, look for the spaces between two or more connections. If the caulking is damaged, reapply fresh caulking.
- This is best done by first removing the caulking that is damaged, using a putty knife in order to clean the area. It will also accept the fresh caulking more firmly.
- For shakes that are damaged, first cut them using a chisel and hammer. Slide the chisel under the damaged shake. Then remove the nails so that you don’t damage the shake. Cut a slightly smaller size of the new shake as compared to the old one, fixing it with nails.
- The shake can be sealed using caulking compound to give it a permanent shape.
- For major and extensive damages, however, consult experienced and trained roofing experts only.