Roof leak repair is the first thing to come to mind when homeowners find water stains on the ceilings. Roofing repairs are always the cheaper way to resolve roofing leaks. But unfortunately, the cheaper route doesn’t always mean less money fo you. Looking at the bigger picture, roofing repairs are a temporary patch to cover small issues. Lurking below there are bigger issues on hand, and only a professional roofer in Charlotte NC will be able to locate the issue. Charlotte Pro Roofing does not recommend roof leak repair, but if the homeowner insists we can assist with the repair. Our involvement will be by providing homeowners with these three simples steps to locate and doing the repair.
Locating the roof leak
The first step to doing a roof leak repair is by locating where the leak is coming from. Start by doing the simplest roofing inspection, which it by getting on top of the roof. After you are the top of the roof, locate the area from where the roof leak is coming from. Do this step with extreme precaution because the plywood decking below roofing shingles might be damaged and fragile.
Check the Attic
If you are unable to locate the leak on top of the roof, you might have to go in the attic. In the attic take a flashlight and locate black mold spots, leaking water, or black streaks. This will indicate the area from which the water is running down. Lastly, take a hose put it on the roof a bit higher than the leaking sites. Turn it on and let the water run. In a certain time, the water will drain into the hole. And you will be able to locate the culprit.
Fixing the roof leak
After locating the site of damaged roofing you will need to prepare the needed material to do the roofing repair. The basic tools for a roof leak repair is a hammer, a crowbar, nails, caulk, caulk gun, razor bland/holder, cap nail, roofing cement, extra shingles and extra tar paper. It can be possible that the situation that you are in will require more material. After the material is gathered, get on top of the home and straighten out all shingles. Sometimes they get curled up. Then take caulk and caulk the shingle back to the roofing system. After that is completed, apply roofing cement around the area to seal off all leaks. Do the same thing in the attic to ensure that all the leaks are cut off.
Testing your roof leak repair
After the roof repair and a couple hours pass, you are going to need to test the patch. Get on top of the roof again with a hose. Next, place the hose directly over the leak. You will need to allow the water to run for thirty minutes. . Lastly, carefully turn the water off and make your way down the ladder.
Maybe you need a new roof?
A roof leak repair takes a while to complete and almost guaranteed that you may have another leak in another area. Usually, roofing contractors in Charlotte NC try to stay away from roof repairs but provide affordable, long lasting full roof replacements. One trick roofers use to identify that homeowners need a new roof is if it is leaking, and has been repaired in the past. Do not be a victim to quick fixes, do the smarter option and get a quote for a full replacement, and see if your homeowners insurance will cover the damages.