Are you looking for the best method to fix a damaged ceiling that is dripping water? Don’t look any further! Although there are number of guides and tips available from different sources, the first thing that you need to be aware of, is that this work is ideally performed by roofing experts, and the reason behind this fact is that they posses proper training, experience and and skills to repair your damaged roof quicklyandsafely, plus they will assist you to prevent this problem from happening again and other issues that may derive from the leaking roof. However, in this article, we will provide you with the most important information you need to have about making temporary repairs for your leaking ceiling, as well as other relevant factors related to your roof.
Identify the type of roof you have at home
Not all roofs are the same, and there are elements that you should not neglect if you want to maintain them in excellent conditions, such as the shape. Repairing your roof will require a different approach depending on the structure, as there are gable roof, hip, cross gable, gambrel, shed, flat mansard, saltbox and pyramid hip roofs, among others. According to this feature, your roofing specialist will apply certain techniques to provide the solution you need, in this case, repairing the leak. Besides this consideration, another fundamental aspect to check is the material used to build your ceiling, and it is necessary to ask the roofing professional if he is able to work with your type of roof, whether it is composed of asphalt shingles, slate, clay and concrete tiles, metal, stone-coated steel or any other material.
Steps to repair a leaking roof
1. Take away all the water
When you have reached the roof and find the main source of water, you can either wait until it dries by itself or remove it by yourself. You might want to use a mop or some sponges to remove all the excess of water. At this stage, you need to be aware that the ceiling is humid and more fragile, which means that you should avoid stepping over the leakage spot.
2. Find the leaking area
This is one of the most important but tricky parts of the repairing process, and it becomes even harder if your roof has an unusual shape (as some of the ones we mentioned before), so you will need to be patient as you follow the flow of water and don’t get disappointed if you don’t find the leak because it is very challenging, even for roofing specialists.
3. Cover the leak
If you succeed in finding the leaking spot and it is completely dry, you can start by applying a generous amount of roofing tar with the help of a regular scraper knife into the leaking area. Once you are done with this, you need to use a shingle (it can be made of asphalt composite, wood, metal, and an expert may determine which one is better for your particular case), apply pressure, and finally apply more roofing tar on top of the shingle, especially on the edges.