Identifying Waterproofing Issues
Maintaining the quality conditions of your roof is very important in extending the lifespan of your roof. Several severe damages may occur in your roof if they are not looked into. Some of the reasons why your roof needs repairs are.
- Leaky roof's may be caused by heavy rains. If not repaired it can damage the roof as a whole and even the inside and the outside of a home. Check where the leak may be in the roof, look at the ceiling along the roofing lines for dark and dampened areas.
- Age is necessary with the roofs that have been around for a longer period. The older the roof the more tear and wear. Other factors like the roof material and quality may make the roof deteriorate over time. As a homeowner keep an eye on the conditions of your roof.
- Physical damage happens because of factors like the weather condition and broken tree branches falling over the roof. Cherry Hill Foundations & Waterproofing give helpful tips for finding and fixing leaks on all kinds of roofs.These leaks are caused by localized damage, such as cracked or missing shingles or shakes, or on a flat roof, a blistered or cracked area.
Built up of layers of roofing felt and tar.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the blister open down the middle. Cut should sink into the full depth of blistered layer
- Lift cut edges of blister. If there's water inside, press from edges in toward the center to squeeze out water from roofing layers. Soak up all the water then prop edges up to dry the layers.
- Spread thick coating of roof cement on bottom edges of loose felt and tightly press down sides of blister.
- Close the blister permanently with of galvanized roofing nails along each side of the slit, then spread roof cement over the entire blister. Ensure nail heads are well covered.
- To remove the damaged shingle, lift edges of surrounding shingles, remove nails. Slide-out the old shingle. When shingles are blown off by a storm, remove any protruding nails left in the roof. Nails that don't stick up can be left in place.
- To make it easier to slide a new shingle, round its back corners with a sharp utility knife.
- Slide new shingle into the gap, with its front edge aligned with shingles on each side and its back edge under shingles in the row above it.
- Lift corners of overlapping shingles and tighten the top of the new shingle with 6d galvanized roofing nails.
Open Roof Valley
To repair an open valley: Inspect valley for holes all along the joint. Mend the small holes with a similar type of sheet metal valley. Clean surface of the valley with a wire brush Cut about 2 inches bigger sheet metal.
- Spread heavy set coating of roof cement on the harmed area and press patch into place, bending it to the shape of the valley. Spread more roof cement over edges of the patch to cover outer water.
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