Two Effective Methods To Repair Your Shed's Leaking Roof

If your shed has a shingled roof that is leaking, the following two methods will solve the problem. Each one is effective and fairly easy to complete.

Rubber Roof

Materials

  • ladder
  • measuring tape
  • rubber roof
  • garden hose
  • water-based roofing adhesive
  • paint roller
  • roofing nails
  • hammer

Rubber roofs consist of a membrane-like piece of material that attaches over existing roofing materials. The rubber forms a barrier that will stop leaks immediately. Take measurements of your shed's roof so that you purchase the right sized rubber roof. Clean off your shed's roof with a garden hose. Once it has dried, set the rubber roof onto the existing roof. Unfold it and lay it out over the surface. This will help relax the material. Once the material is flat, fold back one side.

Apply water-based roofing adhesive to the shingles with a paint roller. Spread it on evenly. Place one half of the rubber roof directly onto the adhesive, being careful to line it up evenly. Use a clean roller to assist with removing wrinkles. Press down firmly and move the roller across the rubber roof in straight lines. Once the surface is smooth, secure the edges of the material by hammering roofing nails through it and into the edges of the roof. Complete the other side of the roof in the same manner.

Keep your rubber roof looking good by spraying it off with a garden hose when it becomes dirty.

Shingles

Materials

  • ladder
  • garden hose
  • push pin
  • pry bar
  • roofing cement
  • shingles
  • trowel
  • roofing nails
  • hammer

Most leaks occur when shingles are damaged or loose. Inspect your roof to locate the exact spot that is leaking. To do this, spray water onto the roof with a garden hose. Walk into the shed to see where the leak is coming from. Mark this section on the roof with a push pin. Pull up the damaged shingles with a pry bar. Do not be concerned if the shingles tear into pieces, since you will be throwing them away.

Remove roofing nails by wedging the pry bar under the head of each nail. Scrape away any roofing cement on the roof with the edge of the bar. Be careful not to rip the tar paper that is located under each shingle that you have removed. Apply a thin, even coat of roofing cement to the back of each new shingle with a trowel. Wedge the new shingles in between the other shingles on the roof so that they are all laid out the same way. Secure the new shingles by installing new roofing nails in the corners. Your roof is now leak-free.

Keep your shed's roof clean by occasionally spraying it off with water.

Both of these methods work well. Once you complete one of them, your leak problem will be solved. For more information on leak repair, contact Accurate Roofing.


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