ROOF MIGHT LEAK
Roof leaks may occur in different ways, most of which are caused by natural weather occurrences. For example, holes in your roof can often be caused by lightning or hail.
Repaired asphalt shingles usually last for about 15 to 20 years. Torn shingles could result in rain leaking into your home, causing substantial damage. The damaged shingles should be completely removed, and shingles that are similar to the damaged area should be cut and slid into position. The replaced shingles should then be fastened with nails, and the nail heads should afterward be coated.
Other systems, such as laminated roofing shingles, are thicker than standard asphalt. To fix any leaks for them, you need to use longer nails to fasten the shingles. The leaks on these roofs are fixed in a similar manner as asphalt shingles.
Another common reason that both residential and commercial roofs “spring a leak” has to do with the initial installation of the roof. If a roof is poorly placed, then it’s almost certain to break down sooner than normal.
This usually not only means you need repairs quicker, but likely a full-blown replacement. This is why it’s important to pick a reputable roofing contractor from the get-go.
Don't wait for a little leak to cost you thousands.
DAMAGE IN FLASHING
It is also possible to repair a leak in flashing. More often than not, leaks occur where flashing is either poorly installed or has failed. In a situation where lead flashing is gouged into a wall, it is recommended to use lead wedges.
To repair a leak in flashing, there are some materials required: a screwdriver, dusting brush, lead sealant, flashing clips, and a sealant dispenser. The first step entails dusting any debris present in the joint and removing any old sealant or mortar. The next step is to push flashing clips into the joint using a screwdriver to hold the lead in place. After that, a continuous bead of lead sealant should be run along the joint.
WHEN I FIND A LEAK
Finding a leak in your roof can be extremely stressful. Not only does it mean you’ll need to get it repaired or replaced, but it also means the rest of your home is in danger of water damage.
However, being prepared with the knowledge you need to handle the situation can take a lot of the stress away.
If you’re in the Dallas and Fort Worth area and you’re in need of leak repair or other roofing services, contact our team of professional roofers today. We’ll get your job started with a free roof inspection.