If you have water stains on your ceiling, you know how bad this can look. Before you take care of the stain, however, you must find the source on your roof and repair it. If you do not, the stains will keep coming back, and this can cause a lot of damage. Below are some tips on finding and repairing your roof, as well as removing the stains.
Find the Roof Leak
You can judge where the leak is on your roof by where the water stain is on your ceiling. Look over the area for asphalt shingles that are broken or missing. If this happens, water can seep through your roof. If you only have a few damaged or missing shingles you can replace them on your own.
If the problem is in a roof valley, it is likely not sealed properly. A roof valley is when two places of the roof meet, and this area is sloped. If not sealed, water will get in through the valley and into your home. You can check this easily by looking at the slopes on your roof and seeing if there are signs of wet spots running along the seams. Over time, the sealant located here can crack, or if you have a lot of rain, it can cause the sealant to erode. If so, you will need to have the sealant replaced. This is something a professional should do.
Your gutters may also be clogged. When this happens, water gets trapped in the gutters every time it rains, and this water will find its way underneath the flashing and into your home. Fortunately, this is a problem you can take care of yourself. If you see there are a lot of leaves and debris, you can use a leaf blower to remove them quickly. If you do not have a roof blower, you can use a garden hose, or you can remove them using a small hand shovel.
Repair Water Stains
Once you get the roof problem repaired, you can repair the water stains to get your ceiling looking normal again. Go to a home improvement store and purchase a spray can stain primer. Make sure the primer is the same color of your ceiling.
First, spray a light coat of the stain primer over the water stains, as you do not want it to drip. Let the primer completely dry and apply another light coat, if needed.
If you are not able to find primer that matches the exact color of your ceiling, the only thing you can do is to repaint the entire ceiling. Painting ceilings can be difficult, so you may want to consider hiring a professional to do this job for you.
If you are not able to find the roof leak or cannot repair it on your own, hire a roofing contractor from a company like Darnell Construction to do this for you. They can look over your entire roof for any other problems while they are there.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!