How to Fix a Leaking Roof

There are many causes of a leaking roof. Whether the cause is sun damage, heavy rain, animals or plant life, you want to get to the root of the problem as soon as possible. Failure to do so will undoubtedly cause further damage and expenses to the structure of your roof and home. This article explains what you need to know when you notice a leak in your roof.

How Long Does it Take to Repair a Leaking Roof?

It depends on how heavy or light the damage is, but typically the duration can be from 2 hours to 2 days.

Can I Fix a Leaking Roof Myself?

You certainly can, if you know what you’re doing. Repairing a roof is no walk in the park. It has many critical layers and requires a certain level of expertise and time. However, the positive is that you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.

If the problem seems bigger than what you can manage, such as damage or mold inside of your

home, it is strongly advised to hire a professional.

What Materials Do I Need to Fix My Leaking Roof?

You will need:

  • Flat pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Hook blade shingle cutter
  • Utility knife
  • Ladder
  • Flashlight
  • Caulking gun
  • Chalk line
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Personal protection devices
  • Three-tab composite shingles
  • Roofing paper or synthetic underlayment
  • Roofing nails
  • 8d common nails
  • Roofing cement or exterior sealant
  • Roof vent (if replacing a damaged vent)
  • 7/16-inch exterior-grade plywood or OSB board (if fixing a damaged roof deck)

How to Fixing a Leaking Roof

Once you have identified the problem, assessed the damage, acquired all necessary knowledge and materials, and have determined that you are confident enough to properly repair the leak yourself, you can proceed with the steps below.

Locate and Examine the Problem

The first step is to thoroughly inspect the damage. Locate the source from inside your home and work your way up through the attic. Look to see if it has spread anywhere else. Water can be sneaky, so this first step is important to ensure there is no moisture left behind to invite mold and structural damage into your home.

After properly assessing the situation, conduct research and make sure you have the appropriate materials to begin the repair.

Out With the Old

Next, remove all damaged components of the roof and inside of your home. This includes not only the shingles, but the roofing paper, decking, and roof vents (if applicable).

In With the New

Once all damaged parts are removed and the worksite is dry, you can begin replacing everything. Put in new vents, measure and lay down new paper and decking, and begin racking the shingles.

Finishing Up

Lastly, start at the bottom and progress from left to right when laying down the new shingles. While applying roofing cement at the bottom of each shingle, follow that by nailing the top. Work your way up until the repair is complete.

What if the Leak Persists?

If all else fails, Vanity Roofing in Ottawa has your back. Their team of professionals have been in the roofing business for over 50 years, and they have rightfully earned each of their 100+ five star testimonials. As they quickly rise to the top of the roofing industry, it is clear that they offer superior quality at a competitive price. Trust the professionals and schedule a free estimate today!


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