How to Repair Minor Shingle Roof Leaks

One of the most irritating things could happen when our roof leaks when it rains. This would put us to extra work and hassle, which is such a nuisance because it takes our time instead of just chilling in the cool temperature.

Roof Leaks

The good news is, if the leaking is just a minor one, we can fix it even with just minimal knowledge and skills about carpentry. This guide would allow you to fix it for yourself, and not waste any more money to repair men.

Considerations Before we Start

Before we start fixing our shingle roof leaks, we have to take necessary considerations or precautions. These are,

  1. Don’t Do the work during rain – Leaks occur during a rain, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we fix the problem during it. For safety purposes, don’t do the work during the rain. Rain makes our surroundings darker, making it harder for us to fix the problem. It also makes the roof slippery, making it dangerous and hazardous for us.
  2. Find an Assistant – Finding an Assistant makes our job easier and will help us perform more effectively. An assistant can be anyone, your wife or your kids. Their only function in this work is to notify you and assist to give you things while you are on the roof.

Here’s how.

  1. Expose the Leak – Leak is our problem, right? So the first thing we should do is to identify its source. Leaking is easily identified on a flat roof, but it can be tricky for slanted ones because some leaking actually comes from damage to the roof that is a good distance away from it.

What you will do to identify the leak is to have a hose and pour water into the area around the suspected place of leaking. Have your assistant ready underneath, to notify you when the leak is identified.

If you have slanted roofing, most likely the damage on the roof is higher than the place of the leaking.

If you have an attic, have your assistant a flashlight to identify water stains, molds, or black marks. This is where, most likely, the leak comes from.

  1. Identify the problematic Shingle – After exposing the leak, you have to identify the problematic shingle that is causing it. Assess if the problem, if the shingle is missing then you have to buy a new one. If it is curled, then you have to straighten it out.
  2. Straighten Curled Shingles – Straightening curled shingles is no easy task, especially if the weather is cold. But this can be solved by heating, particularly heat from an electric dryer. Don’t use heat from an open flame of any kind, it will not solve the problem, it will destroy the shingles even more.
  3. Attaching the fixed Shingle – After extracting and mending the curled shingle, you have to attach it back by using asphalt roof cement. Apply it underneath the single as well as the sides and you are done!

That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how to repair minor shingle roof leak. If you find the job difficult, you can always ask for a roof leak contractor in Hialeah to do it for you.

 

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