Three Common Roof Caulking Mistakes to Avoid

Roofer Applying Caulk to House Chimney FlashingCaulking is an important part of roof maintenance and can help prevent leaks from occurring in your home. It seems like a simple enough task, which is why so many homeowners choose to go the “DIY” route when it comes to this part of roof maintenance.

Don’t get stuck repeating your efforts, though! While it seems easy, there are some common mistakes that inexperienced DIYers or first-timers make when caulking their roofing system.

Here are three of the most common mistakes untrained and inexperienced handymen or DIY enthusiasts make:

  1. Selecting the wrong materials: All caulking is not made equal. Using the right type of caulking will make your job easier and more effective. Using urethane caulking will give you the waterproofing you want for the wet Vancouver climate. Avoid buying acrylic options that can shrink or crack and leave gaps. Silicone caulking ensures your roof is sealed and provides sustained benefits like energy savings and waterproofing.
  2. Missing leaks: Most people will remember to seal their windows and doors but ignore other areas of their home which can cause even bigger problems if left unsealed. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are susceptible to leaks and should be thoroughly inspected to ensure your caulking job is complete.
  3. Forgetting the gun: Don’t head home with your caulking if you don’t have a gun to apply it with. You’ll be left with an ineffective and very messy job. Choose the right size for your project and ask for tips at the hardware store to help you handle it properly from the start.

Why not let our team of skilled residential and commercial roofers do it properly for you? Our experienced and professional roofing team can quickly identify problems and implement lasting solutions. From annual roof inspections to maintenance services like caulking or more extensive emergency roof repairs, you can trust us for all your roofing needs.

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