Leaky Roof Repair – Do it Now!

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One of the most common reasons for damage to your home is attributed to water. Leaks of all sorts are frequent throughout the life of a structure. From plumbing to weather, water takes its toll in often subtle and unnoticed fashion, until there is a problem.

Water is the universal solvent. So ultimately your home can suffer the serious and expensive results of water damage if these events are left unrepaired. Leaky roof repair should be on the top of the list the moment you see evidence of a problem.

Most homes that need leaky roof repair may go unnoticed for a period of time. Between the roof and the living spaces of a house you have an attic. This can be unusable crawl space or a fully floored storage area. This part of your home will likely be the first place affected by a leak in the roof. It would behoove the homeowner to schedule quarterly inspections of the area to check for water.

This can appear as discolored wood or areas that look changed compared to the surrounding sections. For example, the dusty coating on the joists and surfaces should be evenly distributed. If they are not, shine the flashlight above to look for signs of a leak.

If you notice discoloration on the sheetrock in the ceiling of a room on the highest floor of your home, chances are very good you are in for some leaky roof repair. Try going into the attic space above the ceiling spot to determine the exact spot of the leak. This is often the most difficult part of the process.

Finding the exact place where the roof is leaking can often be a challenge. You may also want to go outside and look at the surface of the roof. If anything appears to be unusual, such as a wrinkle, buckle or missing pieces, you have most likely found the source of the problem.

Depending on the height and slope of the roof you may be able to repair the problem yourself. There are many sites online that will walk you through the process of leaky roof repair for shingles, tiles, slate or metal roofing.

The main consideration for deciding to make the repairs yourself is not economics – it is safety. Roofing is a dangerous business that is best left to the professional if you are unfamiliar or uncertain about the necessary safety precautions. Do not let this go unattended. It will not repair itself.

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Source by Chris Smitts