Most roof leaks are caused by acts of God or third-party damage.
- Acts of God involve natural elements like wind, ice, snow, and rain causing damage to your roof.
- Third-party damage typically entails individuals like HVAC technicians or mischievous neighborhood kids throwing things on the roof and damaging it.
Leaks of this nature are generally puncture-type leaks which can be easily remedied via caulking.
If you have a simple puncture type-leak that needs sealing, an effective DIY solution is to use caulking.
Here is a quick three-step process:
- Choose a high-quality, water-resistant sealant-type caulk suitable for flat roofing applications. Refer to manufacturer guidelines for the best product.
- Wipe the puncture area with a rag to clean and dry it.
- Apply a liberal amount of caulking to the hole and feather it out with your finger. This will temporarily seal the puncture until it can be permanently sealed by a roofing professional.
Considering the extreme weather conditions in the Northeast and Philadelphia area, it is important to choose a caulk with proven durability. This helps extend the lifespan of the temporary fix until a professional can permanently address the issue.
If you have a leak that has been occurring since the roof was installed, that’s usually a workmanship problem and is much harder to solve on your own.
Leaks that have persisted since the roof was installed typically stem from workmanship issues encompassing how the membrane was installed, possible flashing problems, and/or penetration details. Unlike puncture leaks, leaks of this nature require professional inspection and intervention. There is no point in attempting a DIY solution.