asphalt roof leak fix

Old 02-23-03, 02:51 PM
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Question asphalt roof leak fix

I have a leak in my roof. My roof was re-roofed about 7 years ago. This leak, I'm told, will be almost impossible to find. It seems to be in an area of my home, where the attic is inaccessible. So, from the outside, I see approximately where it is coming from.
Now, to fix it, is my quandry- I see where the vent there may have a minute crack, which I could possible seal with caulk. If not, I've been told I must remove all the shingles near it, to see if there is a leak down below.
So, I looked at the internet, and saw that there is some asphalt sealant, however the hardware clerk said that asphalt leaks are almost impossible to locate-
So it appears my choices would be to pay a roofer to find & fix the leak, or take the sealant, and go over every shingle in the area, up to the top, and seal the top of the shingle and under each separate one.

Which way should I go???? The last thing I want to do, is waste a bunch of time & money doing something which won't do the job...


Old 02-24-03, 06:27 AM
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Here's an illustrated article on finding and stopping roof leaks from Reader's Digest "The Family Handyman" magazine:
I've always used black plastic roofing cement to stop leaks.
It comes in pints, quarts and gallons. You can even seal leaks in the rain with it.
It is VERY sticky, so if you use it, wear old clothes and throw-away rubber gloves.
I put it on with a paint stir stick or old putty knife.
Good Luck!
Old 02-26-03, 08:47 PM
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I don't think this documentation will help, due to the inaccessability from my attic space. The hardware man also mentioned something about some roof sealant which will flow to the leak and stop it.... something like "leak flow" or something similar.... the other option may be just to remove the shingles- is there a tutorial you know of which tells me how to take off the shingles? It looks very tough with the layering etc....

Thanks soo much...

Old 03-05-03, 01:06 PM
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Have you considered hiring a roofing contractor? It sounds like you don't know alot about what you are going to attempt to do to your roof.
Old 03-05-03, 10:38 PM
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I agree. A roof is the last place to be winging it. This applies to your roof leak and your safety.

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