Leaking roofs can be very frustrating to any home owner. Dealing with stained ceilings and floors are just a few of those frustrations. The good news, however, is that repairing rooftops can take a couple of minutes to repair, and they do not necessarily need a professional like www.roofingrepairsandysprings.com . This article will cover the steps you need to take to repair different types of rooftops.
Identify the leaking point.
Be sure that your drainage system is not the cause of your stained ceiling. This is easily done determining when your roof is leaking. If it only leaks during the rainy days, then you have to make an appointment to climb your rooftop. If not, examine your piping systems and repair them appropriately.
Identify damaged part of the roof.
Locate the damaged area of the roof by tracing back the stained or leaking part of the ceiling. Rarely is the damaged area of the roof located directly above the ceiling. Therefore, look for higher grounds for a broken, curled and missing shingles and shakes or blisters.
l You may want to replace a broken or missing shingle. Curled shingles however can be straightened out using a blow drier. Do not expose to direct heat as it is flammable.
l Use a putty knife to scrape off any cement on the roof.
l Place the shingle and apply asphalt roof cement on the edges. Make sure that all the edges are sealed.
l Drive in galvanized roofing nails on each upper corner and cover the nails with cement.
Repairing Flat roofs
l To identify leaks, look out for cracks or blisters on the roofing material
l Carefully cut a line in the middle of the blister without damaging the substrate under it.
l Lift the blister and cleanout any soaked water by placing a rag to soak it.
l Spread roofing cement on the felt and press the blister down firmly
l Use galvanized roofing nails to close the blister permanently by driving them on each side of the slit
l Apply cement over the nails and the whole blister
Repairing Wooden Shake Roofs
l Identify the damaged shake and use a hammer and chisel to split it. Remove any pieces that may have been left.
l Take the measurements of the damaged wooden shake and cutout another new one. Remember to cut a smaller shake by around 3 inches because it expands by that the first time it rains.
l Using galvanized roofing nails, hammer the new shake into place.
Repairing Roof Connections
Sometimes your roof may be in perfect condition but the roof connections have worn out. This is mostly identified by soaked walls. Repairing this area simply requires you to chip off the old cement using a chisel and reapplying cement and leaving it to dry. Click here to contact us.