Upon discovering a leak in the roof of your home you are likely to experience a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty. It is easy to panic and reach for the nearest 'quick fix' remedy available. However, the first thing to remember is that your roof probably did not begin to leak overnight, and a little bit of time spent deciding on the best repair could save you a lot of cash later on.
One of the first things you should do is to assess the general condition of the roof as a whole; has the roof been renewed recently? Or has it been in place for 30 years? Are there other areas for concern on the roof surface? It may even be that the leak has only become noticeable because a valley or gutters have become blocked. Even a relatively sound roof can develop a small leak in prolonged periods of harsh weather such as driving rain or heavy snow.
If your roof has been renewed recently, it is best to contact the contractor or company who installed it. All reputable roofing contractors should guarantee their workmanship for a period of time after installation. It may be that the roof requires a little bit of general maintenance but will remain serviceable for some years to come.
The application of quick fix roof repair products can affect any future repairs to the roof. Applying roof repair paints, mastics, sealants or tapes may well stop a leak in your tiles, valleys, roof lights and gutters.
However this repair is likely to only last for a short amount of time. After a couple of years the leak may need to be addressed again. The short term fixing products may leave behind residues or may not be removable from the roof. This scenario would result in the need to replace the affected section of roof. Therefore using quick fix products on a fairly new roof could result in replacing the roof sooner than would have been necessary if a roofing contractor had been called in to fix the initial problem.
It is not all doom and gloom in the world of roof repair products – there are some great applications for these types of products. For example, when you are aware that your roof needs full replacement but you just haven't quite got enough cash saved up to do the job yet. For reasonably little money you can fix the roof yourself and get another few months life out of it.
Perhaps the gutters are leaking and you want a quick fix to ensure you don't get damp coming through the walls. A tube of sealant can work wonders until you can get the gutters replaced or mended by a professional.
There are also times when there is no other option but to use a quick fix product. This is most likely when an element of the roof has not been installed properly, for example, a roof light or flashing. Without starting over with the roof, the only thing anyone can do is to use a sealant or similar product to repair what is there.
If you are unsure what to do with your roof problem, a reputable contractor should always be able to give you sound advice and a quotation for any works required. Remember – you shouldn't feel pressured into having works carried out. Your local builders merchant or building supplies store should be able to recommend a good contractor if you aren't sure who to contact.