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How to fix a leaky roof

How to fix a leaky roof

The dreaded two words no homeowner wants to hear “leaky roof.” Understandably a leaky roof might make you shudder with despair as often they can be expensive jobs that take time away from your daily life. You’re now faced with the mammoth task of sourcing a reliable roofing contractor with professionals charging over the odds for a roof repair or perhaps a new roof entirely. However all is not lost as there may be a way for you to fix your leaky roof without the need for a professional and within a reasonable budget.

With our guide and a little bit of basic DIY skills you may find our liquid rubber waterproof coating to be the solution you’ve been searching for.

What causes the leak?

There are many reasons your roof may be leaking we’ve listed a few common problems below:

Age – Roofs don’t last forever. Once the materials in your roof have reached a certain age they start to deteriorate compromising the integrity of your roof. As the materials start to rot or decay holes may form causing leaks and draughts.

Poor maintenance – If you fail to look after your roof and gutters clogs will form creating unnecessary leaks. Gutters are often overlooked and if debris is present this can cause water build up which can extend its presence on to your roof.

Damage – Storms and high wind can cause trees or objects to fall on to your roof potentially causing punctures. After a storm it is recommended to inspect your roof for any damage and remove all debris which could be blocking water flow causing pooling.

Poor installation – One of the most common causes of leaks is poor workmanship. If you’ve recently had a new extension or perhaps new skylights or windows installed and they haven’t been fitted correctly you could be vulnerable to a leaky roof. Substandard materials and incorrect installation of the roof membrane, flashings or vents can all lead to waterproofing problems in the future.

What’s the solution?

Now the root cause has been identified it’s time to find a solution. Resincoat liquid rubber waterproof coating is a high quality waterproofing membrane that can fix leaks once and for all. This highly advanced system provides a fully bonded repair with excellent insulating properties providing a completely seamless waterproof finish.

The product is extremely flexible due to its liquid consistency which cures to form a highly durable rubber that will not crack or melt. No need for primers as a single layer application can successfully repair your flat roof offering a long lasting design. The movement of the roof through expansion, contraction and vibration will not affect the integrity of this product. It’s also UV stable meaning it will not fade or discolour when exposed to sunlight. The beauty of this product means you, the DIYer, can easy install on to a number of different substrates providing a cost effective solution.

How do I use liquid rubber waterproof coating?

So you’ve found the product now it’s time to get the job done! Before applying Resincoat liquid rubber coating we advise you fully clean your roof making sure all debris is removed. Ensure your surface is completely dry as this product cannot be applied in wet or damp conditions.

1. Repair any large holes or crack with geotextile tape (this will help bridge any gaps or large holes between your vents, cracks, seams etc before you apply the liquid rubber coating)
2. Apply the liquid rubber waterproof coating with a brush or roller (simple & quick!)
3. A single layer application is all that’s required
4. Leave to fully cure (touch dry in seconds, completely dry in 12 hours. Product reaches its full waterproofing properties within 48 hours)

How can I prevent future leaks?

So there you have our guide on using liquid rubber waterproof paint to fix a leaky roof. It may seem complicated at first but once you familiarise yourself it’s easier than you think. Simply locate the leak, reinforce any major holes with geotextile tape and apply a single layer application of the coating. The liquid rubber will prevent from future leaks and can also be used on areas as a preventative measure to avoid roof corrosion. Now you’ve repaired your roof regular maintenance and thorough cleaning of your gutters is advised.