A leaking roof should be fixed as soon as possible to prevent widespread damage to the house. Several problems can arise from a damaged roof, including mould and interference with the electrical supply in the house. If these problems are left unchecked then they can sometimes be extremely difficult to put right. It is important that roofs are completely sealed so that the elements won’t be able to cause further damage.
There are several ways to fix a leaking roof. Cool Spec Roof & Gutters has years of experience in stopping leaks and making sure that roofs are as watertight as possible. Here is a handy guide to explain the different ways to fix a leaking roof.
Cracked And Blistered Roof Tiles
Roofing material can become cracked and blistered, especially during the summer months when temperatures are at their highest. The roof becomes susceptible to leaking if it is damaged in this way. The roof should be inspected for cracks on a regular basis.
If the roof is made from a rolled-on material, the damaged area can be cut out and moisture which has collected there can be squeezed out. Ringing out the roof material prevents any excess water from staying there. Afterwards, the damaged material should have new nails driven into it and then sealed down with a fresh layer of roofing cement.
It is important to keep an eye out for any further leaks after the roof cracks have been repaired. The process will need to be repeated if fresh cracks appear.
Damaged Roof Shingles
Roof shingles can sometimes become damaged or curled up through wear and tear. It is important to put these shingles back in place so that excess water does not end up leaking into the house and causing damage. Make sure to inspect the loft for any signs of water damage. Test for leaks by gently running a hose over the roof surface so that damaged areas can be easily identified.
Once the curled up shingles have been identified, there is a simple way to put them back into place: use a hairdryer to soften the edges of the shingle so that it returns to its former shape and becomes watertight once again. Don’t use anything high-powered (e.g. a blowtorch) because this could cause the roof to inadvertently catch fire. The reshaped shingle should then be sealed in place with a layer of roof cement.
Once again, it is extremely important to keep an eye on whether the roof springs any new leaks following the shingle reshaping and repairs. The process will need to be repeated if other shingles become damaged or start to curl up in the same way.
Houses with vents and chimneys are susceptible to leaks because rainwater can enter the house through minuscule gaps. Make sure to block any gaps by removing old caulking that has become cracked. A fresh layer of roof cement in these areas will prevent leaks.
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