How to Fix Difficult Roof Problems

Some roof problems will require a bit more creative thinking and elbow grease to fix than others. These tips can help.

The Cause

One of the main causes of hard-to-fix leaks is failure to properly waterproof the area where the roof joins with the soffit.

The Fix

Here’s how to repair poor flashing.

  • Remove the shingles all the way down the sheathing.
  • Put an adhesive barrier against ice and water under the joint where the roof meets the soffit.
  • Carefully put the shingles back on.

Determination and an eye for detail can go a long way toward helping you find and stop roof leaks.

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