When watermarks start appearing on ceilings or moisture runs down a wall, chances are you have a roof leak. Many homeowners and do-it-yourselfers can handle a minor repair. But the first hurdle will be finding the sources. Water tends to trail along beams and gravity pulls it away from the original source before etching a stain.
If you have an angled, asphalt shingled roof. Finding the leak will either be incredibly obvious or you may need Sherlock Holmes and a magnifying glass. Intense wind storms often tear or loosen shingles and these are quite noticeable. Extreme heat and age can cause them to curl and crack. Either way, the source should be fairly obvious.
Replacing Roof Shingles
To replace shingles, start by lifting the bad ones and those surrounding them. Use a pry bar to gently lift the roofing nails without creating additional damage. With the nails gone, slide the shingles out of place and check the underlying tar paper. If it has been compromised, it’s okay to spot layer over it.
Shingle replacement should always start with bottom rows then overlap. Because you’re making a repair, lift the upper most existing row with a utility knife last and nail under it.
The caulking around things like pipes, chimneys and skylights are another common source of roof leaks. Over time, the caulking tends to retract, crack and allow moisture to penetrate. Most DIY folks can clear away the old roof material and use a caulking gun to reseal the gaps. If that doesn’t do the trick, the problem may be the underlying flashing or a more significant problem. The average property owner with no roofing expertise may never find it. Call a professional.
Minor roof repairs aren’t that difficult to fix. However, if you aren’t sure about the source or the problem appears to be more than a quick, cosmetic fix, leave it to the professionals. Water damage can turn into a costly problem. Contact Orlando Leak Detection today for the best water leak detection and roof leak repairs today.