What to Do if Roof Is Leaking?

A Roofer Makes Repairs On A Roof.

How much does it cost for roof repair?

Costs for roof repair will vary depending on the type of roof repair you need and the type of roof you have. Repairs on a shingle roof, for instance, usually cost less than for a metal roof. Nationally, on average homeowners spend anywhere between $300 to $1,100 for roof repair and the most common repair job is for leaks. Weather damage such as caused by hail and high winds are also common roof repairs.

For Oklahoma City, OK roof repair, reach out to the professionals at Covenant Roofing. We can be reached at 405-720-6200.

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Is a leaking roof an emergency?

No matter whether you have a single small leak or several leaks, any roof leak can be considered an emergency. Leaks are the number one roof repair and they need to be fixed as soon as possible. If you let a roof leak go on too long, it could result in more and expensive repairs in the long term.

How do you seal a leaking roof?

If you don’t have professional available to help you, you can seal roof yourself. Once you’ve traced the leak to its source, the first thing you’ll want to do is to check to see if damage to shingles is widespread. If you have a lot of missing or damaged shingles you may want to call in a professional to assess whether the roof should be repaired or replaced. Next you’ll need to straighten and reattach any curled shingles. 

You’ll need to apply a small amount roof sealant under the raised corners, press the shingle down and then cover the shingles edges with roof cement using a trowel. If you have cracked or torn shingles with clean tears you can repair the shingle by applying a thick bead of roofing cement caulking gun under the crack. Then press the shingle down, apply another bead of cement over the top and spread it over the edges with a putty knife.

In your roof repair, missing shingles will need to be replaced.

Why do roofs leak?

Roof leaks are caused in various ways. Here is a list of some common causes:

Reasons roofs leak

  • You have cracked, curled, broken or missing shingles that allow water to seep underneath them.
  • You may have punctures in the roof valley, or the “V” where sloped roofs meet.
  • You may have punctures or damage in the roofing material caused by severe weather such as hail, or by fallen tree limbs or other debris.
  • Your roofing material was poorly installed.
  • You roof is old and the roofing materials are worn and not holding up to weathering any longer.

Who repairs roof leaks

If you have the right tools such as caulking guns, trowels and putty knives, as well as roofing cement, you can repair a roof leak yourself. But any roofing contractor like the professionals at Covenant Roofing can repair a roof leak or any other roof repair that you may need. All you have to do is call us at 405-720-6200.

How repair roof shingles

If you have asphalt shingles and need to repair them, you can get the help of a roofing contractor or if you have the right tools and the damage isn’t too extensive, you can repair them yourself.

To replace the shingle or a single tab, you’ll need to first remove the old shingle by inserting a putty knife under it to break the seal that is holding it down. Afterward you’ll use a pry bar to pull up the damaged shingle and remove nails. Once that shingle is removed, you either need to cut off the damaged tab or remove the entire piece. The new shingle is then slipped into place and secured under the shingle above it with ⅞-inch roofing nails. Finally, the tab needs to be lifted up and a dab of roof cement is placed under it to seal it to the roof.

Roof repairs and cleaning

As part of regular maintenance, you’ll want to clean your roof regularly. Cleaning will help preserve the shingles and help you avoid costly roof repair. Cleaning the roof is especially effective to get rid of algae that is growing on the roof. Algae retains heat and causes the roof to lower its energy efficiency. Algae also damages the roof and retains moisture which can create leaks.

Roof repairs vs. replacement

Most roofs are designed to last about 20 years or so before they need to be replaced. And with regular maintenance and repairs, the roof should last that long. If you are finding yourself making a lot of repairs, it will probably save you more money to get the roof replaced. A rule of thumb: if you are spending more than $3,000 per year on repairs, it’s probably best to get the roof replaced.

A Roofer Nails in an Asphalt Shingle.

Roof repairs contractors

There are several roofing contractors out there, but for quality roof repair in Oklahoma City, OK, make sure to depend on the reliable professionals at Covenant Roofing. To schedule a roof repair call us at 405-720-6200.