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Roof Repair: How to Repair a Leaky Roof

It has been said that if you want to take an easy job and make it hard, all you have to do is put off doing it. That is especially true when it comes to roof repair–when ignored, localized damage like cracks or missing shingles often give way to large, costly leaks and all of the water damage that comes with them.

The drought has left Orange County particularly dry, which means roof damage may have gone unnoticed. With what is reported to be the strongest El Nino in modern times coming this way, now is the best time make sure that all necessary repairs have been taken care of–we all know that the middle of a storm is the worst time to discover that your roof is leaking.

If your roof is particularly steep, or if you do not have the proper equipment to safely complete the repair (for example, a ladder, hammer, pry bar, utility knife, and even a fall protection kit), you should consider contacting the OC HandyCrew professionals rather than attempting to fix the leak on your own–we even provide no-commitment estimates free of charge. But if you prefer the satisfaction that comes with climbing up there to do the job yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. You’ll want to schedule your repairs for a sunny day when the roof is dry in order to minimize the risk of slipping. Rubber-soled shoes are also recommended to provide traction.
  2. Common roof repairs in Anaheim and the surrounding area tend to involve cracks in the seams between the roof and skylights or vents, so you should pay particular attention to the integrity of those areas. You can use roof cement in a caulking gun to patch small cracks or holes.
  3. If any shingles have curled, they can be straightened out relatively easily if the weather is warm enough. If it’s cold, they become too brittle to be flattened without first applying heat.
  4. In addition to fixing cracks and leaks that are already present, remove any debris from the rooftop and gutters that could cause problems in the future.

Remember that different types of roofing are susceptible to different problems. If you are unfamiliar with the specifics and properties of your particular roof, it’s best to call our professional, licensed contractors.

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