A leaky roof can cause more damage than the homeowner really knows. Once it starts leaking it affects every area around it. This will cause the wood to rot and can eventually cause the wood to give way and collapse. The problem needs to be tackled as soon as it is noticed because of the damage that may result. It is relatively simple but does require the use of a circular saw.
Things You'll Need
- Putty knife
- Tape measure
- Replacement plywood
- Circular saw
- Power drill
- 2-inch dry wall screws
- Roofing nails
- Tube of silicon
Fixing the Roof
Place the ladder on a level surface. Access the roof and locate the problem. Normally this can be a leak caused by damaged shingles. If it is leaking through to the patio itself then the wood under the shingles is also water damaged and will need to be replaced.
Remove the shingles from the damaged area and 2 feet to each side. Set the circular saw to a depth of 3/4 of an inch and cut a square in the ceiling and remove the rotted wood. Measure the size of the square.
Cut a square out of the plywood the meets the measurements taken from the ceiling hole.
Place the replacement piece in the gap in the ceiling. Secure the piece with the screws. Make sure the screws are no more that 10 inches apart. Fill gaps on the side with silicon.
Replace the missing shingles. Make sure you follow the established rows. This makes the job much easier. Secure them with the roofing nails. Use five nails per full shingle.
Tips & Warnings
- Take your time when measuring the gap. It needs to fit snugly.
- "Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of Home How-To (Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself),"; Better Homes & Gardens; 2006
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