As evidenced by the stain on your ceiling, you have now deduced that your roof is leaking. Through additional investigation you realize that the source of the leak is associated with the flat roof on your home and not the sloped shingle roof. As a result, your anxiety and concerns about how to locate the roof leak and apply a proper repair increase.
The key to any successful diy roof project is to first identify the type of roof system that you have on your roof. One of the most costly mistakes a homeowner can make is to use improper or incompatible materials when repairing their flat roof system. Improper material selection and lack of proper preparation can do irreparable roof damage which may require a complete repair of the roof system.
The next key step to successfully repairing the roof on your home or business is to properly prepare the roof system. Proper cleaning and priming is key to ensuring that the applied roof repair provides a long-term solution to the leak condition. If the surface of the roof is not properly prepared the roof repair patch can be compromised. If it is compromised, it may not adhere properly to the roof surface and may peel causing the same roof leak to occur.
Proper roof system identification and subsequent roof repair material and method selection is key to maintaining your roof. Without proper selection, roof damage may occur and compromise the long-term performance of your roof putting the interior of your home or building at risk for further roof damage. In addition to compromising the long-term performance of the roof, improper repair and maintenance methods may put your contractor or manufacturer warranty for your roof system in jeopardy.
It is recommended that if you are not certain of the best methods for the repair and maintenance of your roof system or are uncertain of the type of materials that you have on your roof, that you contact a professional roofing contractor or roof consultant to assist you in repairing and maintaining your roof. This additional step may help you avoid a very costly mistake!
Photo © Jurin Roofing Services, Inc. EPDM rubber roof on home.
Photo © Jurin Roofing Services, Inc. Modified torch down roof on home.