The last thing you feel like doing is repairing a leaking roof. But ignoring the problem is simply going to make it worse and it’s going to get worse very, very quickly. If you have the right tools and the correct knowledge of how to make the essential repairs then you’re all set. If you haven’t then it’s decision time, you can get everything you need from any good hardware store (including DIY guides) or you can call in the roofers West Palm Beach.
If you make the decision that you’re going to go at it alone take some common sense precautions to prevent a trip to the local emergency room. Before you start with roof leak repairs make sure that the ladder you use is firmly planted on the ground and if it is extendable that any extensions are secure. If dealing with a propane torch make sure not to set roofing felt alight. Wear a harness to prevent injury by falling and if applicable wear safety goggles. Repairing a leaking roof need not be difficult or dangerous if these guidelines are followed. Additional information on roof repair can be found in DIY handbooks and online.
Finding roof leaks can be tricky and should be done along with another person. If damage to the roof is ignored missing or damaged tiles or shingle will inevitably cause water damage to the ceiling of the home. Once this gets out of control water damage to furnishings and electrical wiring can take place. Also at risk are any fitting in the ceiling space, such as ventilation systems. It is essential to check the roof on a regular basis, preferably prior to the wet season as rainy weather can make roof repairs extremely difficult.
Aside from checking the roof itself the homeowner should also check vents and gutters for any damage. Damage to the flashing surrounding vents is a common cause of leaking roofs. Damaged gutters can be the cause of water damage as far down as the cellar or basements due to the fact that water runs unhindered down the exterior walls of the house, eventually contaminating the basement walls. Once again it is extremely important that the homeowner check for damage to both vents and gutters prior to the start of the rainy season.
Weather damage in homes are not limited to roofs that are tiled or clad in shingle. Metal roofs can also suffer damage from the elements. Today, however the homeowner has a wide variety of metals to choose from as roofing solutions and some are naturally harder wearing than others. Copper, steel, stainless steel, aluminum and alloys are all available and each has attributes that make it attractive to the homeowner. Stainless steel for instance doesn’t need anti rust coating because it is specifically designed not to rust.
Be sure that you know how to repair a leaking roof, especially if your house has a roofing material that may need special treatment. Always prioritize quality when repairing a leaking roof. Failure to do so could end up costing you a lot of money.