How To Fix A Leaky Roof

Contrary to what roofers might tell you, roofing repair is not an intricately complex job that should always be handled by professionals. If you've noticed water leaking into your attic or home, the problem may be a leaky roof that you can fix yourself. Here are some common roof leak issues and how to take care of them.

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Fixing Flashing in Roof Valleys

fixing shinglesAnother prime spot for leaks is the roof valleys, which are the places on the roof that slope downward and meet. The valleys are usually covered by flashing. If you suspect your leak is coming from these valleys:

  1. 1. Check the entire valley for holes, especially along the joint. If there are multiple holes, mark them with a Sharpie so you can find them easily.
  1. 2. For each repair spot, take a wire brush and clean the valley surface around the hole.
  1. 3. Using the same type of metal as the flashing, cut a square that’s about two inches bigger than the hole on every side.
  1. 4. Apply an ample coating of roof cement over the hole.
  1. 5. Press the cut-out square into place over the hole, and bend it if necessary to the valley’s shape.
  1. 6. Spread more roof cement over the square.

If your roof is leaking in many different spots, you may need to call in a roofing contractor to see about getting a replacement roof. But if there are only one or two leaks, it’s a job that you can do yourself in an afternoon – and pocket the money you would have spent on a handyman or roof repair company!

Chris Martin is a freelance writer who writes about everything from landscaping to interior design to home improvement for companies including MoonworksHome.com.

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Fixing Flashing in Roof Valleys

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