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How to repair a leaking roof


There are different types of eaves and verges that protect the edges of roofs where they meet the house walls. This is where guttering is attached to drain water that falls on the roof.

Flat roofs are usually covered in bituminous-based asphalt or roofing felt, and tend to have a shorter life than pitched roofs. If you have a problem with your flat roof it’s best to get a professional to look at it.

How to patch a tear in roof felt

You can fix tears in your roofing felt by putting a new patch underneath. But make sure you check the instructions and leave enough time for the sealant to dry before sticking the new patch down.

Step 1

Lift the torn edge of felt and spray roof and gutter sealant underneath, as well as on the area next to it. Allow it to dry for the time given by the manufacturer.

Step 2

Cut a patch of matching felt that’s large enough to fit under the torn portion and cover the area around it. Slide the patch into place underneath the tear and stick it down firmly.

Step 3

Lift the torn section and spray sealant onto the upper surface of the new patch underneath it. Then leave it to dry.

Step 4

Press the felt down and spray sealant generously along all the joints.

Here at Thompson & Parkes we are happy to talk you through the best solutions and products to help prevent and fix leaking roofs. Pop in to talk to us or call us on: 01562 745881

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