The matter of the fact is, your roof can leak at any time, at any point throughout its lifespan. But, some factors can make leaks even more plausible such as cumulative damage and an old roof. Luckily, there are a few ways to spot and repair these leaks on your own to prevent any catastrophic damage down the road. We’re going to show you a few DIY roof repair tips.
Signs of a Leaky Roof
A water spot on your ceiling is a quick and obvious sign that your roof is leaking, and you need to act fast because it’s either a large leak or one that’s been going for a while. Luckily, there are a few tell-tale signs of roof leaks that you can spot long before it reaches your ceiling.
Keep an eye out for these early signs of a leaky roof:
- Water spots on your ceiling or walls.
- Water spots on your attic floor or ceiling.
- Missing shingles.
- Cracked or damaged shingles.
- Loose or damaged flashing.
- Damaged roof pipe boots.
All of these areas, if they are damaged, leave your roof highly susceptible to water leaks. If you can notice this damage right away after a severe storm, you have an opportunity to repair it and prevent water leaks. It’s important to keep in mind that the water spot on your ceiling may not actually be where the leak is located. If you can, look for flow lines on your attic ceiling or get a roofer to examine your shingles more closely to pinpoint the leak.
Water leaks are detrimental to your home because they not only damage your roof, ceilings, walls, and anything else it comes into contact with, but if it goes unnoticed or unfixed, it can lead to mold growth. Breathing in mold and mildew in your home is very bad for your health and can cause you to be very sick. So noticing these early signs of a roof leak are critical to maintaining a safe, healthy home and a roof that protects you.
How to Fix Small Roof Leaks
If you spot a small roof leak, there are a few simple ways to quickly fix it, at least to buy you time until you can have a professional make any more significant repairs.
Solutions for a small leak can be as easy as:
- applying caulk around exposed nails in your attic ceiling;
- replacing the one missing or damaged shingle, plus any surrounding shingles to ensure a tight seal;
- replacing damaged or missing flashing in the necessary areas (checking it regularly can help prevent leaks);
- repair or replace the sheathing and underlayment.
Pros and Cons of DIY
Some people may want to fix a tiny hole or leak themselves rather than waiting for the contractor to come or to avoid shoveling out the money for one. This is totally fine! But there are definitely some benefits along with some drawbacks of DIY roof repair. We’ll lay it all out there so you can make an educated decision on whether to hire a professional or not.
Pros of DIY Roof Repair
- If you have the expertise to get the job done, the amount of money you can save on labor is significant. If all you need is to purchase the materials, you can save over half the cost of hiring a professional.
- You get to control your timeline. For example, sometimes construction projects can interrupt your family time or home life, and if that’s not something you want to deal with, you can do the work on your own time.
Cons of DIY Roof Repair
- It will take you a lot longer than it would take the pros. Chances are, if you DIY your roof, you don’t have a large professional team of contractors to get it done within days.
- You may not possess every tool necessary to get the job done right. However, the pros carry every high-tech tool they need to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
- You risk voiding your warranties. Most warranties on materials (like shingles) are contingent on proper installation. If you don’t know the proper way to install a particular brand or type of shingle, you can immediately void that product’s warranty.
- If you make even a minor mistake, you’ll end up having to hire a team of roofing professionals anyways. No matter how much experience you may have, you don’t roof regularly and may be a little rusty. The pros have seen and handled it all, and that’s not something you can compete with.
- Lastly, you have a higher risk of physical injury or property damage. Again, without the proper protocols and safety equipment, you boost all of your risks by doing it yourself, especially if you have other, less qualified individuals helping you.
As you can see, from our perspective, the cons severely outweigh the pros of DIY roof repair. However, if you were a roofer in a past life and believe your expertise can handle the job, then check out our DIY Roofing Guide with everything you need to know about replacing your own roof.
Your roof is meant to protect you and your family from the elements, keep your HVAC systems working in top form, and prevent damage to the rest of your home from water leaks or other infiltration. So why would you want to treat it as less? DIY roofing can be done, but if you really want to protect your investment in your home, then hire a trustworthy contractor. They can do repairs and replacements within a day, and you can get back to your life knowing you’ve got a roof to last.
From small leaks to large roof installs, Apple Roofing has a team of experts that can handle any job you throw their way. We will get to the root of the issue and provide solid solutions to get your roof back in top-tier condition. Get started here.