What To Do When Your Garage Roof Starts Leaking

A leak in the garage roof is certainly not as alarming as a leak in the roof of your house, but it is a problem, nonetheless. Garage roofs may begin leaking when the shingles break down and start peeling off, or when previous nail holes are not filled properly when the roof is replaced. If you notice water dripping through your garage roof, follow these steps to deal with the problem.

Step #1: Move items away from the leaky area.

If you're storing any items under the portion of the roof that is leaking, move them away from the leaky area to protect them from water damage. Place a bucket under the leak to catch water that continues to drip down.

Step #2: Identify the cause of the leak.

If you feel confident climbing onto the roof, do so when a buddy is around to ensure your safety. Only climb onto the roof during dry weather, so you don't have to worry about slipping on wet shingles. Look for missing shingles or a loose vent, which may be causing the leak. If you cannot spot any outward factor that's causing the leak, it's possible that a hole in the underlying boards or gap between tar paper is lettering water flow in.

Step #3: Cover the affected area with a tarp until repairs can be made.

If you don't have time to make repairs right away, place a small tarp on the roof, covering the leaky area. Use heavy rocks or even old paint cans filled with rocks to hold the tarp in place.

Step #4: Replace missing shingles or loose vents yourself.

If a missing shingle is to blame for your leak, you can likely fix the problem yourself. Buy shingles that match your current shingles at a local home improvement store. Remove any nails and portions of the existing shingle left behind, and then slide the new shingle upwards and into place before pounding new nails into the same holes.

If a roof vent is loose, use a screwdriver or wrench to simply tighten the bolts or screws that attach it to your roof. This should stop leaks swiftly.

Step #5: Call a roofing company for complex repairs.

If you are unable to identify the cause of a leak or are not confident performing the repair by yourself, be sure to call your roofing company in a timely manner. Leaving the leak unaddressed may lead to molding, which may damage your garage's roof and walls permanently.

Garage roofs are most common in the spring and fall, when rainfall is plentiful. Be sure to check your garage roof for leaks regularly, especially if your roof is more than 15 years old. The sooner to identify and fix a leak, the less damage will be done. For more information, contact A-1 Roofing & Siding or a similar company.