Roof leak repair doesn’t have to be a mystery. It doesn’t take a long time and it doesn’t cost a fortune. If the homeowner had addressed it early on, the repairs and subsequent damage would’ve been minimal. So when you’re searching for a leak, begin by looking up the roof from the top; then, downward.
First things first, make sure there are no penetrations present. If there are, then inspect the nails used to mount the tarp to the house. If the nails aren’t long enough, or the holes too large, then it’s a good idea to replace them. Start by digging around the perimeter of the leaking area, looking for any signs of penetration: cracks, loose boards, or other evidence that the nails were able to penetrate the siding. If the hole is large enough, then it may be possible to use a penetrating anchor to anchor your tarp to the house.
Once you have found any penetrations, evaluate the extent of the damage. If the damage is limited to only the bottom edge of the shingles, then your basic strategy of replacing shingles will likely work. However, if the penetrations extend beyond the shingles on either side, then you’ll likely need to replace the entire roof, or at least repair parts of it, in order to repair the leaking area. Also, keep in mind that repairing a leaky roof roof usually requires an additional permit since it usually involves replacing flashing or other structures associated with the roof.
Here are some more tips for roof leak repair. Keep an eye out for granules, which can indicate the presence of a larger, undetected problem down below. Another thing to keep an eye out for is discoloration or discolored spots in the shingles or the overall roof. Look for granules and discoloration on any nails used in the repairs. If you see discoloration or granules in places where the repairs failed, then it’s likely that your roof repair company hasn’t got around to properly inspect the job. In this case, call another roof repair contractor.
Finally, if your roof leaks because there is some damage to your coffin, and not because of water seeping in from the roof, then you need to repair the soffit. Although this can sometimes be a tricky problem to repair, it’s worth bearing in mind that if the damage is confined to the soffit only, then the integrity of your entire roof may be compromised. Therefore, don’t ignore this particular point.
Roofing experts will know exactly what sort of repairing work needs to be carried out to the leaking roof, and they’ll do it in the most cost-effective way. They’ll either pinpoint the exact spot of damage, or they’ll use an infrared imaging camera system to determine how extensive the damage is. From this information, they’ll be able to tell the best solution for the job – whether it’s an expensive one or a low-cost, DIY one. It may even be possible to get a warranty from your roofing expert. Just make sure that you ask them first!