If you’re looking for information, you’ve come to the right place. In 22 years of leak chasing, I’ve learned that finding the leak is half the battle. But repairing it is the other half. Here are five tips to get you started.
Tip #1 When re-roofing, save some of the leftover material to use for future repairs. Although it won’t be “weathered”, like the material on your roof, it will be the exact same brand and type. At the very least, document what material was used on your roof and what supplier it came from.
Tip #2 If you need to buy materials for the repair, be aware of compatibility issues. There is a wide assortment of brands, sizes and slight color variations. Some types of roofing products will even deteriorate other types. Know exactly what kind of roofing you have and buy only patching materials made to work with it. A good roofing supplier can guide you in this. If you’re not sure what kind of roofing you have, take some measurements and good close-up pictures. Better yet, bring a sample piece of the roofing with you to the supplier.
Tip #3 Do a nice neat job. Ideally, the repair should be “invisible”. You can’t always do that, but that’s the goal. Sloppy repairs, even when effective, turn off home buyers, inspectors, appraisers, neighbors and everybody else who sees them.
Tip #4 Remove roofing debris and any leftover patching materials from the roof after the repairs are made. Why advertise to the world that you had roof problems. It also creates a high wind hazard.
Tip #5 Don’t throw good money away on a bad roof. It’s a good investment to repair a roof that still has plenty of life left in the roofing. Even bad leaks that result in rotted wood can be repaired. But it’s another situation entirely if the roof is at the end of its useful life. If you have leaks popping up all over the place and/or the roofing itself is shot, don’t waste a lot of time, money and energy on repairs. Bite the bullet and get a new roof.