You wake up one morning to find that your roof is leaking. You immediately scramble to clean up the mess and call a contractor for an estimate on how much it will cost you to fix this problem.
If you are like most homeowners, the last thing you want is more expenses when life has already thrown so many at you! Luckily there are ways of fixing a leaky roof without spending too much money or time.
Why should you fix the roof ASAP?
It is important to fix leaking roofs because it can cause damage to the inside of your home, as well as mold and mildew growth on your ceiling or walls.
A small hole in the roof may not seem like much, but over time it will get worse until you’ve completely lost control and are left with expensive repairs or rebuilding an entire section of the house for example, if there is extensive water damage from all that condensation at night.
Here’s how to fix a leaking roof before things start getting bad!
Check where leaks happen most often by walking around outside (or raising up some area rugs). Use buckets filled with water to check anywhere in the house for water or mold. It’s mostly where leak is located.
Seal small leaks with roofing tar, a sealant, or waterproof paint.
Close up any openings in your attic to keep them from becoming bigger problems later on as well as preventing more outside air from getting inside (which can cause insulation damage).
If you do have an opening, please fill it with fiberglass insulation and caulk all around it so that moisture stays out of your home!
Replace missing shingles or other damaged areas. Remember to use high-quality materials if replacing anything since this will make sure they are durable enough to resist future wear and tear but also need less maintenance time because they’ll last longer too.
It is important not just when fixing a leaky roof but any time you have to replace something on your house because of an issue.
Repair or install vent pipes that are leaking or broken with a new sealant if possible and check the pipe for obstructions before repairing it.
Check the flashing around chimneys and other vents to be sure they are in good condition as this is where water could get inside most easily from rainstorms.
It’s worth checking them periodically too since these parts can wear out over time, which will make them more vulnerable to leaks anyway. So you’ll want to fix or replace the whole thing then!
Install gutters properly (they provide protection against many problems)
Install flashing or other protection around chimneys and vents.
Have a roof inspection done periodically by a professional so they can tell you if anything needs to be fixed.
Remember that using your gutters will also help prevent water damage because rain is channeled away from your house and into the ground where it belongs instead of running down walls inside your home.
Replace the flashing with a new one.
Flashing is a piece of metal that fits in between different pieces of roofing material to stop water from leaking through them.
The problem may be caused by old, worn-out flashing and can often be fixed quickly with just replacing it instead of having to replace the entire roof section.
If you have never done this before, talk to your contractor about how to remove old flashing so that installing new flashings will go smoothly (hint: use an ice pick).
They should also know where all the other pieces are located on your home’s roof; for example, if there was also damage on another corner, they will need access through that area too.
After removing the old flashing, use a hammer to gently tap it out of place and then clean debris out from where it was.
Measure your new piece so that you know how much metal you will need (you can always cut extra off if needed). Put some roofing cement down on the hole left behind by the old material, let dry for 30 minutes or so before installing your new flashing.
Use tar paper under shingles in the problem area.
Tar paper is a thin waterproof layer placed between more vulnerable materials like plywood siding, wood decking, or even asphalt roofs; putting this in areas with leaks could stop water damage underneath what otherwise might be a sealed roof.
If water just gets in through one of the seams in your shingles, tar paper will stop it and help dry things out before you have to tear up parts of your house. Some people even suggest putting tar paper under asphalt as well, since this material can get soft when wet and may not seal air leaks.
This could save money on the cost of having an entirely new roof installed later down the line if problems persist with the current installation.
Tar paper is relatively easy to install: cut squares that are roughly two feet by two feet; put them over problem areas, so they overlap each other like layers on a cake; then staple or nail into place using galvanized steel nails (for metal roofs) or construction staples (for wooden roofs).
If you have metal shingles, use galvanized steel nails and a roofing hammer. For wood shingles or shakes, use construction staples and a staple gun.
For tar paper to be most effective, it should be installed before the leak starts-otherwise there will be an inevitable mess as water drips through the seams of your old roof for days on end while waiting for you to do something about it.
Asphalt is an option if the problem continues with your roof after repairing leaks in existing areas and changing out shingle types or materials. This material can help seal air leaks that may allow colder outside air inside when rain falls on warm surfaces like asphalt driveways below sodden shingles.
If you have metal shingles, use galvanized steel nails and a roofing hammer. For wood shingles or shakes, use construction staples and a staple gun. If you’re using tar paper as well, install it before the leak starts to avoid mess from water dripping through seams of old roof for days while waiting for you to do something about it!
Some roofs leak from the start, while others may develop leaks later in life as part of normal wear and tear. In either case, We hope these tips will help you fix your leaking roof and prevent future damage.