If you’ve ever had a leaky roof, you know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know it’s going to be expensive to have a professional come out to repair it. But before you get too worked up about it, you might want to go up on the roof and check it out for yourself. However, if that isn’t an option, click here to find a professional roofer for an estimate.
If you do go up on the roof, safety is very important. Have someone hold the ladder for you and be very careful climbing and while on the roof.
First, go to the area where the leak is and take notice as to possible causes. Are there any roof vents, chimneys or skylights that could be losing their seal around the edges? If so, you should be able to fix it yourself by using an asphalt-based sealant.
You must clean the area that needs repair first with a good strong brush and putty knife to remove any loose dirt and debris. Then put about 1/4 ” of the sealant over the area, using a trowel and feathering it out about three inches beyond the repair spot.
After you’ve spread this out nicely, put a piece of repair fabric over the area to reinforce the sealant. Press it down firmly into the sealant and then put another 1/4 ” of the tar patching substance over this and again spread it out smoothly and feather it out about three inches beyond the repair area. That should stop the leak and save you a lot of money.
For larger problems, you’ll probably want to have a professional come out and at least give you an estimate. Go online to find a roofer in your area.
Do it yourself roof repair can save you a lot of money if you have the right tools and knowledge of the problem. Always put safety first. Also, while you’re up on the roof, you might want to reinforce some of the potential problem areas such as around roof vents and skylights. Just use a putty gun with the sealant and spread it around the edges of these areas. Read more to find tips and tricks to repairing your roof.