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Roofing Repair

A roof with any significant amount of wear will eventually need some sort of repair. Learn roofing repair basics, what to look for and what to do if you need a home roof repair.

Not all damaged roofs require a complete re-roofing. Some can be spot repaired, saving time and money. Typical roofing repairs include roof leaks, flat roof repair and damage from storms and wind.

How To Repair a Roof Leak

A leaky roof is one of the most common types of roof repairs and can lead to permanent damage, such as mold or foundation damage. While procedures vary depending on different roofing materials, the basic steps to repair a roof leak are to:

  • Protect interior area(s) affected by the leak
  • Get rid of any extra water on the roof
  • Find the source of the leak
  • Perform emergency repairs.

Depending on the location of the leak or the extent of the repair, you may be able to fix small leaks with plastic roof cement, sealant or roof tape. Alternatively, if the leak is larger, you will have to repair the roof leak by clearing away damaged shingles and putting new, color-matched shingles in their place. Before you begin your home roof repair, it's important to know which method is best for your specific leak and your type of roof.

How To Repair a Flat Roof

Flat roofs are different from sloped roofs in that they are comprised of layers of roofing felt and tar. Leaks are usually caused by damaged felt and this is typically easy to spot. If your flat roof has a leak, you should clean up any pooled water and then check for cracks in the felt or large blisters, indicating the source of the leak. Then you are ready to repair the flat roof.

Choosing Your Roof Repair Style

As with roofing, re-roofing and other home repairs, you have the choice of doing it yourself or hiring a contractor. If you choose to have your roofing repair professionally done, ask friends and family for references or go online to research possible contractors. If you decide to do your roofing repairs on your own, many systematic guides are available for your specific job.

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