01:28PM | 03/24/03
Member Since: 07/25/01
9 lifetime posts
Hi all.

Just found out the hard way that I have another roof leak. Found some clothes wet in the closet and thought the wife put them away wet. It was a very rainy weekend.

Anyhow, I ran the hose on the roof tonight and hopped into the attic. I found the leak at a horizontal seam between 2 pieces of ply-wood.

The roof is 28 years old and has had about 3 leaks, the first of which began about 4 years ago. The roof is not the typical asphalt shingles seen in Florida. It has heavy cement tiles on it. They crack easy if you don't step on them right ( I have learned this mutiple times the hard way).

I have never repaired a roof before. All I know is that a roof begins with ply wood, then either tar paper or tar or both, then the cement tiles that I have. I think this is a minor leak, but I don't know where to begin.

Is it worth it for me to do this myself?
What materials will I need?
What tools will I need?

Any information anyone can provide would be VERY VERY helpful and appreciated.

Thank you,
Jason Alden
SW Florida


09:37AM | 03/29/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
You need a pro to asses this and probably to do the work.

Define a "minor" leak.
The amt of water you describe is a fairly major leak to me. A minor leak would be one that only leaks enough to keep wetting the plywood sheathing but not enough for you to notice inside. In spite of being minor, the constantly wet plywood will grow mold in your warm climate and has the possibility of causing thousands of dollars in structural damage and health concerns.

Or maybe you can define it as minor when it only rains on your clothes but a major leak when it rains on your paaartners clothes.

The water is probably entering through some cracks in the tiles. Ten it finds a plcae where it can penetrate the tarpaper membrane. It might wander around a bit first. You'll likely have to stripo a portion of the roof to find and repair it.

You roof has had a good life. It may be time to put her out of your misery and adopt a new one!

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