A leaky roof can be a nightmare for homeowners, with the constant dripping noise and the worry that their home will eventually rot away. Luckily, there are many easy steps you can take to fix your leaky roof! This blog post has advice on how to identify where the leaks are coming from and what materials you need to repair them. We’ll also discuss some preventative measures so your next rainy season doesn’t create any more leaks!
Find the source of your leak! One way to find out where a roof is leaking is by standing at an exterior door and looking up. It will only take you a few minutes but could save thousands in repairs, which can add up quickly if there are multiple leaks going on throughout your roof. If you spot any water stains or dripping then that’s probably where the problem started from – congratulations, you have found one area with a leaky roof! Now it’s time to fix it up though.
Purchase the materials you need! The first thing we recommend doing is gathering all of your tools and wood, as well as putting on some gloves. You’ll want to purchase a tarpaulin (or more if it’s large), nails, screws, scrap pieces of plywood, or fiberboards that you can use for patching up holes in the roof. Next, grab rubber boots that reach at least halfway up your calf – standing water will be everywhere by this point! Then round everything off with an umbrella and don’t forget your ladder too. Once you’ve got everything together then go ahead and get started fixing those leaks!
One of the most important things to do before starting any repairs is to protect yourself. Make sure that you’re wearing rubber boots and gloves so that your feet are dry and your hands don’t get cut up. It’s also a good idea to wear some type of protective eyewear – but remember safety first at all times! Franklin Roofing always wears protective eyewear and rubber boots when repairing roofs to ensure the safety of our workers and customers.
We now want to remove anything nearby so it doesn’t fall through the roof when we start working on patching everything up. You can dump this material in buckets or tarpaulins if they aren’t too heavy (if they are then these could cause further damage). Now try removing as many nails from wood panels as possible because these will be the easiest materials to patch up.
If your roof is made from shingles or tiles then this next step might not apply to you, but if it’s a metal panel then we recommend using a wire brush and some type of flat shovel as well as gloves, safety goggles, and ear protection for these steps. Use the wire brush to scrub off any rust that may have gotten onto your panels – do so until they are shiny again. Then carefully cut out those dents by making small slits every few inches with either an adjustable wrench or pair of pliers (depending on how big the dent is). Make sure you’ve got rubber boots on at this point too because water will start through pretty quickly! Now comes the time for patching up those holes.
Get yourself a small piece of plywood and cut it to the same size as your hole, then use that as a template so you know where all nails need to go! Use either screws or nails with the hammer (whichever one works best) and make sure they are flush with the wood panel before stepping away from your work area. Once you’ve got both sides patched up again repeat these steps until every leaky roof has been fixed!
You may also want to consider using ice & water shield underlayment in combination with this process if possible – sometimes leaks can come back due to poor weather conditions. It’s always better safe than sorry though because at least now you’ll have tried your best to fix it!
It is always advisable to hire a Franklin roofing contractor to help you out with any roof-related problems, but these steps should help you if there’s an emergency or something. Remember that safety is paramount at all times – don’t take any unnecessary risks!