DIY- Repair A Leaky Roof

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Discover Ways to Fix that Leaky Roof 

Do you have a leaky roof? Before reaching out for a handyman do you think you have the necessary skills to do the job yourself? If you have some building or joinery experience let’s go through what you need to look for when you want to take matters into your own hands and carry out your own roof leak repair.


Patching a Flat Roof

Patching a hole in a flat roof can be done with a patching system and a special primer. While techniques can vary depending on your patching system manufacturer, here is a typical way of patching. Make sure to do it during dry weather conditions.


Things You’ll Need
Patching system
Flat roof roller


Step 1

Clean the damaged area and make sure it’s free of dust. Apply some primer to the damaged area making sure that it overlaps up to the undamaged parts.


Step 2

Wait for the primer to dry. Cut some patching and cover the hole in the roof. Make sure that the patching overlaps to the sound parts of the roof.


Step 3

Flatten the patch by hand to make sure that it fits snuggly. When you are confident that the fitting is right, smoothen the patch with a flat roof roller to ensure a good seal.


Repairing Damaged Shingles

As long as your roof is properly maintained, tiles such as Asphalt shingles can last from 15 to 25 years. But if you have broken shingles, rainwater can pass through the cracks and you’ll experience a leaky roof. Repair damaged shingles with these easy steps. 


Things You’ll Need

Pry bar• Hammer• Roofing nails• Tiles or shingles• Roofing adhesive


Step 1
Completely remove the damaged shingle by lifting it up and pulling the nail off it with the pry bar.


Step 2
Still using the pry bar, lift the tab on top of the damaged shingle. Insert the replacement shingle in place of the damaged one.


Step 3
Fasten the replacement shingle with a roofing nail. Make sure to coat the head of the nail with adhesive before finally fastening the shingle. If you’re using laminated roofing shingles, which are a bit thicker than standard asphalt, they may require staples or longer nails to fasten correctly.


Repairing a leaky roof can be tough especially if you have no prior experience. Finding the source of the leak can be like finding a needle in a hay stack. To find the leak, professional roofers would tell you to find the damaged, worn or missing shingles. You can also start with where the nails have become loose or have corroded. Leaks are also likely to occur where the roof is poorly sealed. You can find it flashing around vents, chimneys or where the roof planes intersect.

Even if you find water emanating from a spot in your roof inside your attic for instance, that does not always mean you have found the source of the leak. Water will travel across felt, wood, along flashing and plasterboard before it emerges inside your home. Pinpointing the exact spot requires experience and a thorough roof inspection. If you don’t have scaffolding or a head for heights leave this to the experts.

If you perform roof repairs yourself and the job goes awry and causes extensive damage down the line due to a water leak, you may have fun fighting with your home insurance provider to cover the costs. Roof inspections are free, make use of them.


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