Asphalt roofing is the most common material used for roofing in both residential and commercial buildings. The popularity of asphalt shingles can be credited to the affordability and great performance that asphalt shingles can offer. They’re designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and last for a long time before they need to be replaced. Unfortunately, even the best roofing material isn’t immune to damage overtime. A leaky roof is easily repaired as long as you catch it early, so let’s take a look at what the repair process looks like!
The first sign of a leaky roof is usually a wet mark on your ceiling. When you see that mark, don’t panic! Mark the spot where it’s leaking on the ceiling and then go outside to see if there’s any obvious signs of damage to a certain area of the roof. If you want to save the time and guesswork of locating the damaged area of the roof yourself, just mark the spot on the ceiling and call a roofing contractor. A contractor can climb up on the roof and get a better look at where the damage is and how severe it is. Marking the spot where you first noticed the leak inside will give the contractor a better idea of where to start looking outside.
Any shingles that are curling, warping, cracked, or missing will need to be repaired or replaced. Your roofing contractor can determine how many shingles need to be dealt with and if repairing them is a possibility or if it’s time to replace them. Leaving this to a professional is ideal. If you try to make it a DIY job and use the wrong type of shingle or installation method, you’ll likely have another water leak in no time.
While the contractor is on the roof to repair your shingles, they will also inspect the flashing on your roof. Flashing acts as an extra water barrier around areas that are considered high-risk for water leaks. Flashing is typically found around your roof vents and chimney. Damaged flashing can typically be repaired using a roofing cement mixture that seals any cracks or leaks.
If you’ve noticed a leak in your roof, don’t wait to call Oceanside Exteriors! The sooner the leak is addressed the less likely you’ll have to pay to repair major water damage to the interior of your home. Call Oceanside Exteriors at (207) 310-7659 today to schedule a consultation or repair for your leaky roof!