Fix a Leaky Tin Roof in 4 Steps

an old, disheveled house
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-150
What You'll Need
Roof flashing
Roofing nails and a hammer
A ladder
Tin snips
Safety gloves

A tin roof is very useful because of its durability, strength, and robustness. Usually, tin roofs are the preferred type of roofing for patios, or as an extension to the current roof. This type of roof is also popular for tool sheds and many other outdoor structures. However, as useful and long-lasting as they may be, even tin roofs are subject to wear and tear. A worn-out roof can cause a lot of problems, especially if it is raining. Here are some simple steps to help fix a leaky roof.

Step 1: Clean the Roof

The first thing you will have to do before you can start fixing your roof is clean it. This would mean cleaning any kind of debris, including dirt, leaves, twigs, moss, roof cement and other things from the top. This can be done by sweeping it all off with a long-handled broom. Once it is sufficiently cleaned, you can begin the actual process of fixing your leaky roof.

Step 2: Inspect the Roof for the Leak

Usually, tin roofs are not that high because they are not part of the main roof, so you can easily locate the leak by standing on a ladder. However, if you do have to climb onto the roof, ensure you are wearing shoes, the safety gloves and make sure you do not step on any loose part of the roofing. Leaks are usually holes in the roof or corroded and bent areas.

Step 3: Cover the Leak

Once you have located the leak in the roof, you will have to cover it with the roof flashing. With the tin snips, cut the roof flashing to a size that will be suitable to cover the leak. Ensure that you have the safety gloves on, as the edges of roof flashing can be quite sharp and can result in painful cuts. It is best to cut it a little more than the approximate size to provide a little extra protection. This is especially necessary if you are covering up shingles or mortar and bricks.

Step 4: Nail the Roof Flashing Down

When you have the roof flashing cut out inappropriate pieces, you will have to nail it into the existing roof. Ensure that it is covering the leak properly. Using roofing nails and a hammer, nail the piece down. It is best to replace any kind of damage to the roof with roof flashing, as it will save a lot of bother later. You can also use sealant over the nail holes or broken caulking to prevent further damage to the roof.

With these simple steps, you can easily increase the longevity of your tin roof, no matter where it is or for what it is being used.