There is nothing worse than sitting in the middle of your living room, reading a book while the weather outside is terrible but your snug in your warm dry house and then you feel a drip. Then you feel another, before you know it you’re running to grab a bucket because it’s raining in your living room. A roof leak is the last thing you want to deal with. Don’t despair, fixing your leaky roof can be easier than you think, especially if you’re handy.
Finding the Leak
Having a leaky roof is not the end of the world, but it does need to be fixed. If you have a flat roof, where water can pool you need to fix it before you have a bigger problem. The first thing that you need to do is find the leak. You can start by looking for a missing shingle, it is usually pretty easy to spot. If that isn’t the case then check and see if there is caulk missing, that will indicate where you need to begin your repairs. Lastly, if you don’t see a visible problem then try and find the spot directly above where the water was coming in.
Fixing the Leak
Once you have found where the leak is coming in then you can replace the missing or faulty shingle. Replacing the damaged shingle is always your best bet, but you can get away with a patch if it only the one. If you are repairing in the summer or spring then you should have no problems with the repair. If you are trying to repair your shingle in the winter you are going to need some heat to make the repair a little easier for you.
When you are ready to put the shingle on your roof, you will have to pull back the other shingles so the new one blends in with the rest of the roof. Just nail the shingle down. At the same time make sure that you nail down any other shingles that might be sticking up. Add some roofing cement to seal everything down and now your hole should be patched. If after all this you still have leaks coming in when it rains then the patch may be beyond your skill set and it is time to call a roofing contractor to have a look.
Calling a Roofing Company
Calling a roofing company doesn’t mean that you have to spend tens of thousands of dollars replacing your roof. A reputable roofing company will let you know when you can get away with a repair and when you really do need a new roof. If you’re handy and confident in your abilities then always try and repair your roof first. If the idea of climbing up on top of your roof to do any kind of repairs scares the pants off of you then call in a roofing company instead. A small leak doesn’t mean you need a new roof, you may be able to get away with a repair.