Space in Between: The Importance of Caulk in Leaking Roof Repair

leaking roof repairShingles or other outermost roofing elements are the most visible components of a roof and of course provide much of the protection against the elements. Even if the shingling is perfect, however, water and debris can still find ways to create opportunities for leaks and related problems. Sometimes it’s what’s not on view that helps provide extra barriers against moisture.

When it comes to roofing, small problems can grow into major issues, and detecting and fixing them early is the best course of action. Qualified contractors who specialize in roof repair understand the importance of applying optimal amounts of suitable caulking when tackling the job.

Caulking Techniques for Leaking Roof Repair

Caulk can be a tricky substance to work with; it is messy and an inexperienced user can end up botching a project if it is applied improperly. There are certain techniques and tips to be followed to make sure that the caulk replacement goes smoothly. Literally.

  • Even and clean beads: This is a no-brainer, but some people will try to go smaller to fit certain cracks or overcompensate and drown the gap in caulk. You want a decent amount of caulk to fill a seam surrounding a flashing, because it could shrink down, depending on the type.
  • Push rather than pull: Pulling the caulking gun toward you gives much less control than pushing, especially when it comes to corners and joints.
  • Split up longer beads: If the job needs a particular bead to cover a large stretch, do not be afraid to split it up into segments. This makes for less chance of waving the line and ensures the best bead.

Also, preparation for caulking is extremely important. Workers must ensure to remove any and all of the old and corroded caulk before reapplying a fresh supply.

Types of Caulk for Proper Roof Repair

leaking roof repairThere are various types of caulk on market, but only a few are suited for leaking roof repair. Some materials provide more flexibility and will shrink or expand to fit the type of seam that needs to be filled. When it comes to roofing, contractors generally stay away from silicone-based caulk and instead go with:

  • Polyurethane: A very durable type of caulk, although it can be difficult to tool and mold and must be used with a solvent
  • Rubber: Sticky yet reliable, rubber can be applied to damp surfaces and provides excellent water resistance.

These two kinds of caulk are well suited for local leaking roof repair, as they can handle the rigors of the elements, especially in Vancouver’s wet climate.


vancouver-rooferAs a renovator Doug did many rot repairs which gave him a good understanding of where and why buildings leak, and how to prevent it. He realized the need for a different approach to roofing; one that educated the customer enough to make good decisions. With better trained installers and a quality inspection process Absolute Roof Solutions was born…” Read more.

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