Bad weather is always a scary thing when you have a house with a roof. If you start experiencing hail or extremely high winds, your roof is almost guaranteed to be damaged afterwards, which means you’ll have to get it fixed.
Some minor damage is easy to fix right away but other more severe damage will take a little more skill and know-how. If your roof is damaged after a terrible storm, you need to know how to be able to fix it right away whether you are going to end up using a professional team on it or not.
In order for you to be be able to get your roof patched up with some basics, we’ve compiled a short list of tips and tricks you can use.
Wooden shakes and shingles are able to be cut with a saw while asphalt shingles will require a utility knife. If you are working with concrete or clay tiles you are best off using an angle grinder. Shingles will be involved in almost any roofing that you do so it’s important to know what the best way to cut each type is.
Finding the Leak
If you notice water stains that are running down your walls or across your ceilings, it’s likely that you have a leak in your roof. The best way to find a leak in your roof is by checking the spots where there is an item penetrating your roof. These are the most common culprit areas for leaks as they don’t tend to develop in open areas where the shingles are uninterrupted. Some examples of penetrations might include:
- Roof Vents
If you happen to have an attic in your house, the best way to find a leak is to go up there and source the problem. You might need a flashlight but if you do have a leak in your roof you will see water stains and black marks, or you might notice mold starting to grow. These are all surefire signs you have a leak.
Fixing the Leak
Small Leaks are often caused by nails that missed the framing when they were pounded in, and these are easily fixed by clipping the nail with some pliers. The problem could be a little more serious however if you find that your roof vents are damaged, leading to leaks. To fix a roof vent you can use caulk but it will only last for so long, the long term solution to this problem is to replace the vents entirely.
The most complex of roof problems are caused by damaged flashing which can occur during storms. If your flashing is damaged you’ll need to strip off all the shingles around the damaged area and add a strip of adhesive water-and-ice barrier between the flashing and the shingles.
Installing new flashing is also the fix if you have leaks around your brick chimney. The steel tends to rust through where it is bent at the base of the chimney, and water seeps in. To fix this you’ll need to cut a saw kerf in the mortar before you install some new flashing.
Roof problems are very common after a storm, with over 16 billion dollars in damage being caused last year. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to suss out leaks and fix your roof easily, even after the harshest of thunderstorms.
Thanks goes out to the team at Central Bay Roofing in Oakland, CA for helping us with some of the info on this post.