Tom Hanrahan

03:53AM | 02/16/03
Member Since: 12/28/02
24 lifetime posts
A leak has develope over our front porch, shich has a roof of low pitch. An old house, the roof decking is tongue and groove--I forget the thickness--and a board appears to have warped downward, creating a depression which allows water to collect and then leak into the area over the porch. When I lifted the depressed shingle, I noticed an unexplainable hole in the underlaying shingle and the felt underneath.

It has been too cold and wet to attempt any permanent repairs. However, I did attempt to slide pieces of aluminum flashing under the shingles in the damaged area and used wet/dry roof cement, but nothing has worked. Obviously, some permanent repair is necessary when the weather stabiiizes.

Teh damaged area is right in the middle of the porch roof. How do I repair this? I am assuming I will have to remove an area of shingles, the underlying felt, and replace the warped decking. I am concerned how to weave new roof felt and shingles back into the existing shingles. Can one do this? Or is a tear off of the whole porch roof necessary?


06:02PM | 02/16/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
You can do a temporary repair by filling the hole with almost any caulk such as Geocell or a roofing patch compound. BTW, it 's not inexplicable. You explained it quite well!
The deck board warped and puled away from the shingles, pulling a nail down with it.

Shingles should never be applied to any low pitch like this so tyhis section of roof was pre-destined to be short lived.

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