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atlzim 01-02-2010 09:56 AM

basic roof leak help

This is probably a very basic solution. I've got roof leak, and its in a space of wide open shingles. I.e., not a valley, flashing, or window issue - where most problems occur (and about which most posts ask).

The leak is minor, showing itself in the attic as a spot of moist roof sheathing. No drip to attic floor yet.

What's my fix for this? Do I have to remove shingles, or can I spread some tar up there? Roof is traditional asphalt shingles.


Tom Struble 01-02-2010 10:30 AM

you need to have someone go up there and look for a cracked shingle or a nail that may have worked thru the shingle

usually damaged shingles are best replaced but you could do a temporary repair with roof cement

BamBamm5144 01-02-2010 11:36 AM

As Tom said, you need to make sure of where the leak is coming in from. What you are seeing in the attic could very well be a few feet away from where the water is actually entering.

The most permanent and best fix is to replace the shingle. Not very hard to do. If you don't have extra shingles laying around and would rather cement it, you could do that to but it is not as permanent of a fix.

Good Luck.

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