2 Temporary Methods For Sealing A Leak In Your Roof

15 January 2016
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There are many reasons that you may not be able to get a roofer to fix your leaking roof immediately. However, in these situations, you need to repair the problem, even if the fix is only temporary. With this in mind, you need to know a couple of methods you have for repairing a leaking roof.

Silicone Caulking

When you discover that a small crack or hole is allowing water into your home through the roof, you need a reliable way of handling the problem. One easy solution is to use silicone caulking to close up the damaged area. Silicone caulking is a good option, because it is water resistant and it will dry quickly.

When using the caulking, you want to place enough into the hole or crack to fill it. After it dries some, it is important to go back and look for any shrinkage. Sometimes caulking will shrink, which causes it to pull away from the sides of the area you are trying to repair.

Aside from being water resistant, the caulking will not damage any portion of your roofing and it is easy to remove with a sharp knife. This means that the roofer will be able to remove the caulking and repair your roof easily.

Vinyl Tarp

When you are dealing with a larger issue such as a hole, you can patch this spot using a vinyl tarp. The tarp will allow you to block rain, snow or small critters from entering your home through the open hole. The vinyl is also resistant to water, which means it will not absorb any moisture.

The easiest method for securing the tarp is to nail it in place. You want to use enough nails to hold the tarp in place so that the wind cannot blow it away. Unfortunately, the exact number of nails you will need depends on the size of the hole you are trying to cover.

You do not need to worry about the nails damaging the existing roofing. In most cases, when the roofer comes to repair the damage, they can fill in any holes with a silicone-based sealer.

If you are concerned about moisture getting underneath the edge of the tarp, you can run a line of caulking around the edge. However, you want to make sure that the caulking covers the edge of the tarp and makes contact with the shingles. This contact will create a seal and stop the moisture from leaking into your home.

When your roof is leaking and you cannot hire a roofing company to fix the problem immediately, you do have a few options handling the issue on your own. It is important to note that these methods are only designed as a temporary fix and you need a roofer to come out and repair the problem properly.

For more information, contact a company like DiRoma Roofing