08:30AM | 03/21/05
Member Since: 03/20/05
1 lifetime posts
I have a flat tar and gravel roof which is leaking water onto the dry wall ceiling! The flat roof was tied into a gable roof after the house was built. (A carport transformed into an additional room) the leak is approxamantly 3 ft by 14 ft. from where the flat roof ties into the gable roof. Is there anything out there that a DIY'er can do to correct this problem? The shingled roof is fine it is only where the flat roof ties in with the above dimensions! After looking at the flat roof carefully and moving some gravel aside, the tar shows signs of spider webbing in the mentioned area? The entire flat roof is 12 x 24 ft.... ??? Help!!!


02:44AM | 03/28/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
95 lifetime posts
As for any holes or cracks in the field of the roof, they can usually be repaired using a combination of asphalt primer, black fibered roof coating, and plastic roof cement.

After thouroughly sweeping back the area, including all the dirt and mud which tends to stick to the cracks, apply non-fibered roof asphalt PRIMER, available in 5 gallong buckets at Roofing Material Wholesalers {they sell to anyone}. Surface must be totally dry.

After primer has set up {about 1 good day in the sun}, apply the plastic roof cement to any DEEP cracks or holes, forcing it solidly into the crack. Next apply the black fibered roof coating, after mixing it thouroughly in order to bring up all the fibers from the bottom of the pail. After the area is sealed, and tested, throw all the gravel back onto the area.

This is assuming, for the moment, that you have no problems with the "tie-in" with the gable roof, which would not be unusual. You might try the repair first, then test the T&G area with a garden hose, then move up onto the gable area.

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