Making Repairs To A Cracked Foam Rooftop

Posted on: 14 September 2016

If you have a foam roof adorning your home or place of business, and you noticed leaking occurring because of a crack within the roofing substance, chances are you will want to repair it effectively in an attempt to avoid damage to the interior of your building. While fixing a crack is best to be done via the assistance of a roofing service, it can be done on your own if you are comfortable with heights and have the appropriate materials. Here are some tips to use in fixing a cracked foam roof so leaking is no longer a problem.

Clean The Affected Areas Before Repairing

It is important to clean the area around the crack so the foam caulk you use to fill in the crevice will adhere without difficulty. Get up on your rooftop and do a complete evaluation of the foam to make sure there are no other areas in need of repair work. Sweep any debris from the surface before scrubbing the foam with a non-abrasive sponge dipped in a mixture of water and a mild detergent. Tend to any discolored areas with this solution as there may be small cracks within the foam as a result of mold or mildew. Rinse the roof well with a garden hose and allow it to dry before fixing the crack.

Use SPF Compatible Roofing Caulk To Seal

SPF compatible roofing caulk is a substance that will effectively fix a crack in your rooftop. It can be purchased from a home goods or hardware store and comes in a tube form. Insert the tube in a caulk gun and squeeze the contents into the crack to fill it in completely. Make sure the nozzle is placed as far into the crevice as possible. Add some of the caulk on top crack to seal the entire damaged spot so water can no longer seep inside. Allow the substance to harden, providing a barrier from moisture as a result.

Cover The Flaw With A Layer Of Foam

It is best to add more foam to your rooftop so the damaged area is hidden from view. This will also give the roof an additional layer of protection so the caulk does not deteriorate prematurely. Find out what material your original foam roof is made from: acrylic, silicone, or urethane as the same type will need to be used with subsequent coatings for the best results. Spray the foam over the area where the repair was made. Make sure to wear goggles and a respirator to protect your eyes and breathing system during this process.


The Importance Of Roof Repair

One day last month while it was raining outside, my wife and I noticed that water was dripping inside the house. We placed a bucket under the drip so the water wouldn't ruin the floor. The next day, I called a roofing company and a contractor came to the house and inspected our roof. The contractor discovered that several shingles were missing from our roof and that's what caused the leak. The day after the roof inspection, the roofers came to our home and replaced the missing shingles. That night it rained again and my wife and I were glad that the roof leak was fixed. My name is Timothy Warren and I'm writing this blog to inform others about roof leaks and the importance of roof repair. I hope that by reading this blog, you can avoid costly damage to your home because of a leaky roof.

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