When it comes to roofing repairs, Exeter residents often don’t realise some jobs can be carried out without the help of a professional. It’s actually very easy to find and fix a minor leak in your roof. Here’s how:
1. How to identify a leak – http://www.dummies.com/home-garden/exteriors/roofing/how-to-find-a-leak- in-a-roof/
2. How to fix it – http://www.wikihow.com/Repair-a-Leaking-Roof
The recent popularity of DIY solutions with regards to roofing repairs Exeter has seen a frenzy within the construction business recently. However, despite concerns of safety, Exeter residents often do not require a professional for their roofing concerns. DIY requires some skill, interest and a level of practice, but at the same time it is a cheap and easy solution. The most common issue that professionals find themselves being called in to take care of is a leaking roof. In reality, identifying and fixing a leaking roof is easier than you’d think. Here’s how:
How to identify a leak
Perhaps the trickiest part of the repairing process is identification. For roofing repairs, Exeter experts believe that singling out the source of the leak is half the work – the actual act of repairing is not as difficult as it may seem!
There are two main ways to identify the location of the leak. One is to wait for a rainy day and pinpoint where it is that the water is dripping from. In this case, professionals of roofing repairs caution people to make sure they notice the source of the leak, and not the apparent source. Slanting roofs will result in the water dripping down further than its origin point, and so it is necessary to stay vigilant when deciding where the actual spot is that requires repair.
Another way to identify the leak also involves water, but does not mean waiting for rain. A garden hose will work just as well, though it is advisable to avoid overdoing the water supply, since the pressure from the hose could result in the leak becoming more serious than it is. However, when it comes to roofing repairs, Exeter’s rainy climate often comes in handy.
Identification of a leak is not restricted to these two ways. If the source proves elusive, there are several problem spots that experts of roofing repairs in Exeter advise you to examine:
- Air vents
- Exhaust fans
- Ridge cap
- Gaskets around pipes
- Gutters and downspouts
- Dormer valleys
How to fix a leak
Since there are many different types of roofs that require roofing repairs, Exeter residents are not restricted to a single formula. However, professionals advising DIY-enthusiasts have narrowed down the most common ways to fix a leaky roof, according to the most popular roofs in Exeter.
Shingles will curl back at the source of the leak. Roofing repair experts in Exeter advise straightening out these shingles first before attempting to reattach them. Due to the cold weather in Exeter, it is best to heat the shingle slightly in order to soften it so it is easier to manipulate its shape. However, be sure to avoid heating it too much, as certain materials are flammable and excessive heat may ruin the shingle. Once it is the correct temperature, use roof cement to secure it back in its original position.
In the case of damaged shingles that need replacing, pry them out of the nail and clean the area before securing the new shingle in its place. Make sure to use 1 1⁄4 inch (3.2 cm) galvanized roofing nails in each upper corner, and cover them up with roofing cement.
- Roll roofing
For cracks or blisters in the roofing material itself, it is necessary to dry that area of the roof before attempting a repair. A utility knife can be used to cut through the material – avoiding the felt underneath – in order to squeeze out the water. Once this is done, a decent amount of roofing cement under the material should be spread, and the material itself should be secured with nails. Another spread of roofing cement on top to cover the nails and seal the now-dry material, and you’re done.
If shakes are damaged, it is necessary to remove the pieces by prying out the nails or by using a hammer and chisel. Since this requires replacement, roofing repairs Exeter specialists recommend cutting a new shake about 3/8 inches (9.5 mm) smaller than the original one. This can then be slid into place using galvanized roofing nails, sealed with caulking compound.
Leaks can originate on the roof where surfaces connect, such as chimneys, vent pipes etc. Identifying damage within the caulking is necessary, and roofing repair experts in Exeter advise reapplying it as needed in order to seal the leak. Before reapplying, however, it is necessary to remove all old caulk so the new material can adhere to the surface properly.
However, even the most enthusiastic and skilled DIY-er will not be able to repair extreme damage where it occurs at the flashing around the chimney or the boots around the vent pipes. In such extreme cases, it will be necessary to call in a professional involved in roofing repairs as the features may need to be replaced, which is heavy-duty work.
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