Leaking Roof

 

How to article and tips on how to fix a leaking roof

 

The first sign of a leak in the roof may be a damp spot on a ceiling or wall or a drip inside the house. The first problem is finding the location of the leak. This is not always simple to do. When water enters a hole in the roof, it can travel several feet along the inside before it drips off. Then the damp spot on the ceiling will be far from the actual hole. If the attic is unfinished, you can examine the inside of the roof closely and determine where the water is entering. Drive a nail up through the roof from the inside at the leak so that you can find the exact spot on the top. If you cannot examine the inside of the roof, you will have to examine the tip carefully to find a possible source of the leak. Begin approximately above the damp spot inside until you find the defect. Look for broken shingles or shingles that have bent up away from the roof. Look for loose nails that raised so that water can enter the nail hole and travel along the nail to the inside. Frequently, a leak is caused by cracked or pitted flashing, so you should examine all flashings for defects, including rust.

 

There are many different kind of roofing material. Here's a few and common items that could cause a leaking roof.

 

(a) The most common material for roofs is asphalt shingles. The material is fire-resistant and should last at least 10 years.

 

- Look for exposed nails

- Check all flashing for worn caulk or exposed seams

- Check for missing shingles

- Check for cracked shingles

 

(b) Tar and gravel may be used on flat roofs or roofs with a very low pitch. Because this material is cheap and lasts for only about 5 years it should be avoided.

 

- Looks for cracks in the tar

- Check all flashing

- Clear all gutters of debris

 

(c) Wood shingles should last about 20 years or so but these roofs are flammable.

 

- Check all flashing

- Check for missing shingles

- Check for exposed nails

- Check for cracked shingles

 

(d) Aluminum / metal roofs come in either shingle style of in long runs

 

- Check for holes in aluminum

- Check all flashing

- Check for exposed nails

 

(e) Concrete tile and slate roofs

 

- Check all flashing

- Check for exposed seams in the caulk at ridges

- Check for cracked tiles

 

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