If you have water marks on the ceilings inside your home, the likely cause is small roof leaks. These can be problems that are difficult to find. If the problem is being caused by an exposed nail, it can literally be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Here are some tips to help you find your roof leaks and put an end to these problems.
1. Finding And Repairing Small Roof Leaks From Nails
Small leaks can be caused by many different things, such as exposed nails. This can happen as nails work loose from the decking on your roof. To find these problems, look closely at your roof for any signs of the shingles having raised areas. If you find nails that are coming through the roofing, remove them and cover the hole with roofing tar.
2. Looking For Wind And Storm Damage Causing Roof Leaks
Wind and storm damage can be another problem that is difficult to find. Sometimes, the damage may only be small tears that are difficult to see from the ground. If you find damaged shingles with small tears, the best way to repair them is to remove them and replace them with new shingles. If there are a lot of damaged shingles, you may want to have a roofer do the job for you.
3. Missing Shingles That Are Leaving Your Roof Exposed To Weather
Sometimes, there may be missing shingles on your roof. This can be caused by wind and storm damage, or it may just be part of normal wear or a shingle that was not nailed correctly. To fix this problem, you can replace the missing shingles. If the problem is due to severe wear of the roofing, having your roof replaced may be a better solution.
4. Leaking Around Flashing, Ridges And Problem Areas On Your Roof
Flashing, valleys, and anywhere where the roof changes angles can be a place where leaks start. This can be repaired by replacing the flashing and adding new waterproofing. If you have a problem with leaks in these areas, you may want to consider having a roofer install a rubber membrane in addition to flashing to give your more protection from leaks.
These are some tips to help you find those roof leaks and put an end to your problems. Even with simple repairs, it may be time to have your roof replaced. You can contact a roofing contractor like Urethane Foam Consulting & Services to get help with repairs or replacement if it is needed.