Many simple roofing issues can be solved with roofing cement, which coats vulnerable or compromised surfaces with a nearly impenetrable tar-like protective covering. However, this promise of leak resistance comes with a cost.
Its superior ability to adhere to any roof surface, wet or dry, is a double edged sword. It also sticks to the applicator (you), and any other surface the applicator touches. This includes collateral damage to tools, ladders, clothes, windows, glasses, and anything else that may be within reach.
Nevertheless, with mindfulness of roofing cement's desire to share its love with every available surface, you can solve many roof leak issues with a few dabs (or a few gallons) of roofing cement. It is sold in gallon cans, tubes, and spray cans.
When a little dab of roofing cement will be sufficient: nail holes
Changes in roof temperatures can cause the surface to expand and contract. This will cause roofing nails to either protrude from the roof's surface or fall out altogether, leaving a hole through which water can travel into the home.
Protruding nails should be hammered down and missing nails replaced before applying a small amount of roofing cement to the nail head. This will serve the dual purpose of holding the nail in place while sealing any leak that may have been developing.
You will only need a small brush, such as a duct sealing brush, to apply roofing cement to nail holes. A caulking gun with a tube of roofing cement is the best choice for this type of application.
Sealing your flashing with roofing cement
Larger jobs will require the use of a trowel instead of a brush because you will need to remove the roofing cement from a can and spread it onto the roof. Roofing cement is very dense and thick, and any attempt to use a substantial amount with a brush would be maddeningly slow and messy.
Flashing is the thin aluminum sheet metal that is used as trim around roof edges and chimneys. If it is blown loose by high winds and rain, water can seep under the surface and create leaks.
Flashing should first be secured by roofing nails, then the edges coated with a liberal amount (1/8-1/4" thick) of roofing cement.
Filling a low spot on the roof with roofing cement
A consistent puddle of water on your roof indicates the presence of a low spot. This pooling of water will eventually weaken the roof's surface and cause a leak.
You must first remove any standing water from the low spot before applying roofing cement, but it can be applied if the surface is merely damp. This operation may take multiple applications, depending on the severity of the depth and the area covered.
Because roofing cement contains solvents that may cause you to be come lightheaded or dizzy upon prolonged exposure, you must take caution when working on a roof for an extended period. This is especially important when accessing ladders on walking near the roof's edge.
If you have any hesitation about working on a roof or are averse to getting coated with a sticky goo that smells like sulfur, let a professional roofer work their magic with this most useful but unpleasant elixir of roof repair. For more information, contact Darnell Construction or a similar company.
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