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Denver Roofing: Article About Repairing A Leaky Roof

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When homeowners spot water leaking from the ceiling, they often panic. After they run to get a pot or bowel to put under the leak, they must decide who they should call to fix the problem. Denver roofing professionals want homeowners to know that they should take a step back and take a deep breath before calling for assistance. It's nearly impossible to see why the leak suddenly appeared from inside the house unless the leak relates to a plumbing problem. Roofers must thoroughly inspect the roof, identify the source and then decide which steps to take next.

Missing shingles are among the most common reasons for a leaky roof. High winds, hailstones, driving rain or an accumulation of snow and ice may cause the shingles to break or lead to the shingles falling off the roof. While looking for missing shingles, roofers also will keep an eye out for broken shingles or shingles with curled edges. If the shingle has a curved edge, the roofer will need to apply a small amount of heat to uncurl that edge before securing it back to the roof. They will typically drive long nails through the surface of the shingle and into the roof.

Shingles that are severely damaged will need replaced.

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When working around the valley or peak of the roof, this requires the use of asphalt roof cement or a similar product that can withstand the elements. After removing the old shingle, the roofer will apply a thick layer of the cement with a trowel and position the shingle in place. Roofers must also take care that the placement and layout of the new shingles matches the old shingles. Though asphalt roof cement is a strong adhesive, most roofers still will use roofing nails to prevent the shingles from coming loose.

Some leaks form because of damage to chimneys, dormers and vents on the roof. Repairing these areas often requires the use of some durable caulk. Roofers use putty knives and other sharp objects to remove any adhesive applied to those areas in the past. They can then thoroughly clean the area and look for any signs that water got through those cracks and damaged spaces. Applying a thin layer of caulk and letting it dry serves as a way of waterproofing that area. Roofers may also recommend that the homeowners replace any flashing or edging used around those elements to prevent additional water damage and leaks.

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