Waterproofing a roof is a process designed to seal any and all vulnerabilities in a roof system. It is usually performed with a liquid-based coating to repair minor leaks or cover the entire roof. Each roof is different. Waterproofing depends on the kind of roof you have. It also depends on if you’re repairing a small section or coating the whole roof.

The DIY crowd is always looking for ways to save money. You can find detailed instructions on how to do, well just about anything. You can learn how to build homemade bookshelves. You can even read up on re-tiling your bathroom. Small-to-medium sized jobs around the house can be worth throwing your DIY hard hat for a weekend project.

Bigger jobs, like waterproofing your home roof can tread the line between saving your money and saving your sanity.

Over time, almost every roof will spring a leak. It’s a fact of life. It should be expected and planned for. They’ll normally manifest themselves as ceiling spots or bulging areas near the seam of the wall and ceiling. The best way to avoid this is waterproofing your roof. If your roof hasn’t been waterproofed, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem yourself.

First, you have to find the leak.

The easiest way to find a leak is to follow the drip. Locate the ceiling spot or bulging seam on the inside. Then, pinpoint the location of the leak on the roof outside.

If the leak is not clearly visible, get creative. run some water from a hose over the area for a few solid minutes. You should see where the water goes. Most of the time, you’ll get a good look at where the water penetrates the roof.

If running water doesn’t do the trick, then its time to get your hands dirty. Go ahead and remove a few shingles or tiles in the suspected area. You’ll be able to see the leak and track it to the source. You’ll likely see water stains or discoloration in the felt paper. In some more severe cases, you may encounter rotting wood.

The rafters in your roof are most likely made of wood. Wood is a porous material, meaning is absorbs water. If your roof leaks and the wood gets wet, its never good news. The wood will rot from the inside. Any sheathing or insulation around it will become moist and grow mold. Typically, it’s never the good kind they make bleu cheese with, either. It’s the black stuff. The stuff that can cause serious health problems for you, your family, and everyone living under that roof.

In situations like those, it might be time to call in the pros even if the leak is centralized in the one spot. Never be ashamed or shy to call in the big guns. This is the roof of your home. You and your family depend on it to be reliable and withstand the elements. Even if you decide to go it alone after that, having an expert opinion is always a good idea. It can never hurt to have a professional come out and diagnose the situation. If you’re experiencing this issue, a similar one, or have questions about your roof, give us a call to chat with one of our experts. Once you speak with us, you’ll notice the distinctive difference between doing it yourself and getting it done right the first time.

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How Do I Waterproof My Roof…and Should I Even Try? was last modified: October 26th, 2015 by droofing