Roof repair might is a difficult task that requires the involvement of a roofing company like Storm Pros Roofing and Construction to ensure a good job. Moreover, climbing the roof to undertake the job safely requires training and professional expertise that only roofing companies have. But, if you can detect the problem early, it will ensure timely repair that can extend the roof life. Repairing asphalt roofs is simple, which consists of identifying the leak and sealing it correctly.
Technological improvements in the manufacture of asphalt shingles and the introduction of fiberglass shingles have considerably enhanced the quality of the shingle. Today’s asphalt shingles can resist the elements of weather much better due to its improved wind, weather resistance, and fire resistance, ensuring it’s long-lasting. However, the chances of damage remain even with the best quality asphalt shingles, which can develop over time.
Repairing asphalt shingles roof is easy because it is possible to flatten curled shingles and re-secured while replacing damaged shingles is also an option. In the case of leaky roofs, the signs are easily visible or asphalt shingles, which helps in timely repair. Here are the steps of repairing a leaky asphalt shingles roof.
Detect the leaky spot
Even if you call a roof repairing company, you can try to identify the leaky spot that must be close to the place where the ceiling’s water stains are visible. Go to the outside and view the leaky spot with the help of a pair of binoculars that should help to detect the leaky spot. Look for missing or curled shingles at the place, which is often the cause for the leak. If nothing is visible, check for signs of compromise at the butt of the shingles as well as the flashing or caulking. The tent-shaped shingles that act like end caps are also possible sources of leaks.
Depending on the reason for the leak, here are the actions to take.
Secure curled shingles
Re-securing Curled shingles do away with the need for shingles replacement. Brushing a coat of asphalt roofing cement or using a similar compound available in tubes and applied with a caulk gun will do the trick. The experts know about the need to apply an adequate quantity of roofing cement to the underside of the shingle for securing the edge and corners and pressing it firmly to set.
Shingles that are damaged beyond repair or cracked need replacement just as for missing shingles. Removing the nails with a prybar will loosen the shingle, and lifting the edges of the adjoining shingles will help to gently remove the damaged shingle by sliding it out gently. Round the back corners of the new shingle with a knife to ensure that it slides smoothly into the vacant slot and sits properly overlapped by the other shingles on its sides.
Repairing leaks of the metal flashing around the chimney and dormers consist of resealing the joints with roof cement applied with a caulking gun. Repairing joints that were repaired earlier would entail applying roofing cement again with a knife.