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Leaky Roofs: 5 Quick Fixes

When the weather turns and your home is battered with sideways rain, hail, sleet and snow, this is normally the time you find out that your roof leaks. 

It is inconvenient and can be catastrophic should it cause structural damage.

Leaking ceiling
Leaking suspended ceiling

However, there are a few things than you can do if you have identified where the leak is to temporarily fix the problem.

1)      It may not be pretty, but if the leaks are clearly identified, a tarpaulin stretched and fixed over the roof will prevent any further water getting in before it can be repaired properly. 

2)      A common cause of leaks is faulty step flashing which is used along the intersection between the roof and the wall. This can rust or it can slip down exposing the wall and creating an ideal place for the water to get in. This means that replacing the step flashing can fix your leak.  

3)      If there are any small holes on the roof from satellite dishes or antenna brackets, for example, these can allow water in which can eventually cause rot and compromise the structural integrity. This can also be repaired by adding step flashing, although a very quick fix would be to inject caulk into the holes. 

4)      Water can often enter the house around windows and cracks in the brickwork on dormer walls rather than through the shingled roof. Remove any old caulk in these areas and then replace it with new, good-quality caulk. It’s also important to replace any missing, cracked or rotten sidings. 

5)      It is possible to repair a hole in a shingle roof by patching the wood which surrounds the hole, then laying roofing felt or tar paper over the missing shingles before replacing the shingles over the repaired section. 

If you have a leaky roof, why not give the professional team at Cobern Builders a ring and we can discuss how we can help you become water-tight again. 


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