How to Repair Leaking Roof Damage

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How to Repair Leaking Roof Damage
Damaged shingles will cuase a leaking roof. (roof image by Eldin Muratovic from Fotolia.com)

A leaking roof is one of the most important, difficult and expensive home repairs if maintenance is left too long. Small leaks can turn into major issues as it decays wood and tiles and comes into the home. Interior damage such as sagging and discoloured walls are often the first sign there is a leak. It is a good idea to check regularly that there are no leaks appearing in the attic or crawl space.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Pry bar
  • Claw hammer
  • Roofing tar
  • 1- to 1 1/2-inch long roofing nails

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Climb onto the roof and examine the shingles for damage.

  2. 2

    Lift up the shingles around the broken seal gently, using a pry bar. Remove the broken shingle and pull out any roofing nails using your claw hammer.

  3. 3

    Reshingle from the bottom of the damaged row, placing new shingles in the place of the old, damaged ones. Cut the shingle at the top of the row so it fits in place. Shingle from the bottom to the top so all the shingles are tucked under each other to prevent further leaks.

  4. 4

    Nail the shingles into place. Apply roofing tire to the new shingles to anchor them into place with the old shingles. The old shingles are likely brittle and will break if nails are put in.

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