How to Patch a Leak in Your Roof

When you notice the stains on your ceiling, the wet insulation in your attack or the bubbling of the walls, you know that there is a major issue and the need for roof repair cannot be ignored any longer. Fortunately, this type of patching doesn’t have to be a major job. It can often be done very quickly and without too much fanfare. That being said, one should not wait to correct the issue. Putting it off can spell serious trouble as water eats away at the structure of your home, works its way beneath more of the shingles and encourages the growth of mold. Either make the efforts to make the repairs on your own or call the Fort Worth roofers right away.

Safety First If this is going to be a DIY project, then your first thoughts should be for your own safety and that of anyone intending to help you. There is a number of safety guideline to abide by when working so far above the ground. Choose a day or series of days when nice weather is forecasted. A wet roof is far too dangerous to work on. If you are expecting rain for several days after discovering the leak, then carefully lay a tarp over the impacted area and wait for dry days to come. Wear rubber soled shoes whenever working on the roof, as they provide the best possible traction. Finally, be aware of all electrical cords. Far too many people are killed due to accidental electrocution. Don’t make the same mistake.

Replacing Shingles to Stop Leaks Asphalt shingles make wonderful roofing material because they are so resilient against water, however, they can be damaged by hard rains, heavy sins, and brutal rays. When this occurs, water can find its way beneath the protective barrier and into the home, damaging the wood beneath as it goes. The damaged shingles should be removed and the area before should be repaired, if necessary, before new shingles are laid. At times, it is not the shingles at fault, but the metal flashing that has failed, allowing water to seep in. When this is the case, it is wise to call in Dallas roof repair professionals to assess the damage and correct the issue.

Repair Rubber Membrane This type of roofing material is generally put to use on flat rooftops. The rubber is highly water resistant and can stave off leaks even against the harshest weather. That is until it is ripped, cut, or loses its seal. Standing water on the surface must be removed before the membrane can be repaired. If it is bubbling, the damaged area should be carefully cut into and drained. Then a special adhesive can be used to reseal it and prevent further leaks. Cracks can often be fixed in the same manner, but may require professional attention to ensure that the cracking doesn’t continue to occur.

Wooden Shakes In much the same manner as asphalt shingles would be dealt with, cedar shakes can simply be replaced as necessary. However, if there is damage beneath, that will have to be dealt with first. Then, the damaged shakes can be removed and new pieces can be cut to size to fill the gap. The most important step of this roof repair is the sealing. A caulking compound should be used to create the necessary water-tight seal needed to prevent further leaking. If this is not done or is done improperly, the repair will not hold

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