Roof leaks isn’t something homeowners look forward to. Edmonton AB homes are prone to leakage if the roofing installation was improper or you’re using sub-par roofing materials. Fortunately, it isn’t a difficult problem to address. Here are four great ways you can have your roof free of leaks in the easiest and fastest way possible.
Ceiling Leaking Marks Indicate Clear Source of Roof Leaks
Traditional Edmonton AB homes have the following roofing layers: the internal ceiling, attic, and the roofing materials (underlayment plus shingles for example). The internal ceiling’s watermarks, which appear yellow green or yellowish in most cases, often indicate a parallel leak source in the attic. You can use a mop or yardstick to determine the leaking point in your attic. Make sure to mark them with chalk or tape.
External Roof Wear and Tear
This is a common problem often causing roof leaks. Curled, cracked, or missing shingles and tiles are sources of roof leaks during rainstorms. In corrugated metal roofs, worn out rubber washers on screws are to blame for possible leak penetration.
For an accurate evaluation of your roof’s condition, here are a few helpful tips from Roman Ray Roofing that can come in handy.
Exterior roof inspection
Checking out the exterior of your roof will require you to climb the roof and walk around. Your alternative is to hire a professional roofer to do this for you. Here is what you will need to do, in order to do a proper inspection:
- Examine all gutters and downspouts. Make sure that the drains are well secured to the roof and free from debris.
- Check for damaged shingles by visually exploring the surface of the roof. Look for shingles that look torn, bald, cracked, or missing.
- Look around the chimney for any loose materials and any wear around chimney pipes and vents.
- Note any rusty nails or flashings.
- Be aware of any mold, rot, or moisture. These are signs of potentially damaging water wear.
- Look for shingle granules in the gutter. A large number of granules may be a sign of excessive roof wear.
- Check to ensure that all kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents go directly outside the home. (Continued)
Remove and Replace Loose Shingles or Tiles
Once you’ve determined the possible causes of roof leaks, make sure to redress any curled, damaged, or entirely missing roof shingle and tile. True enough, it make take more than one weekend to redress the roof by yourself, which makes working with an Edmonton AB roofing company with extensive experience essential in the matter.
If you want to work with a reliable roofer but cannot contact them because you’ll be dealing with storms a few hours later, you can perform the following temporary curled roofing shingle repair process as per RMG roofing:
Important Tips Before Getting Started
To temporarily fix curling roof shingles, all you need is some bituminous roof sealant (you can purchase this at any local home improvement store), a caulking gun, a tall ladder, and a brick. You can use a heavy stone or cement block in place of a brick, so long as it is safe to place on top of your roof. It is best to perform this project on a warmer day so that the adhesive bonds better to the roof underlayment. If you choose to perform this project in cold weather, you may risk having the shingle pop back, up or become brittle and crack.
How To Do It
Be sure you are familiar with ladder usage and safety before attempting to climb on your roof. Serious accidents and fatalities can occur as a result of negligent or improper ladder use. Once you are on your roof, lift up the curling roof shingle so that you can apply the adhesive to the roof underlayment, and then use your hand to press the shingle down. Cover it with a brick or heavy stone to ensure full fusion. Then simply remove the brick after 24 hours and check your work! (Continued)
Contact a Reliable Edmonton AB Roofing Contractor
Roof leaks aren’t the hardest problems your property might encounter, and with a bit of DIY knowledge and experience, you can redress curled, damaged, and missing shingles too. However, it pays to work with renowned professionals such as DDCL to help you with all your roof leak needs. We finish up quick thanks to our decades of experience handling similar issues. Call us today to learn more.