One of the most enjoyable parts of owning a home is having a patio.
A place where you can have friends and family over for a barbecues, swimming, sports events, birthday parties, or maybe just a place for you to escape for a little person time alone. You can enjoy the fresh air and gentle breeze of nature that a patio provides within the safety of your own back yard.
Leaking Patio Roof
So you have just installed a big screen TV on your patio and invited friends over to watch the big game with you. You’ve spent a lot of money on food and refreshments. There is a chance of rain, but no problem, you’re underneath the patio covering. Then, sure enough, it starts to rain.
Everything was great until the patio roof began to leak running everybody inside. The whole purpose was to have a good time on the patio so you didn’t have to worry about your friends ruining the carpet and furniture inside the house.
Unfortunately, it is not that unusual for patio roofs to leak. Usually the problem is whoever installed the patio didn’t take adequate precautions to make sure that it wouldn’t leak. Now the question is how to stop the patio from leaking.
Weather is generally the greatest culprit when it comes to a patio leaking. Over time rusting flashing, worn or blown off shingles, or just the many years of seasons over time cause the roof to reach its life span. At any rate your patio roof leaks can, and should be repaired so you can enjoy the outdoors right at home.
First of all make sure your patio roof is free of any dirt and debris. If your patio roof is in good enough condition power wash it. This will help you better determine the condition of your patio roof. After cleaning the debris off the roof look for missing shingles, lifted seams, and the condition of any metal flashing. If the patio is attached to the roof on your house there should be a water shield underlayment connecting the roofing material on the house and the patio.
Fixing The Patio Leak
After replacing the damaged or worn shingles, flashings, or rolled roofing where needed (a professional roofing contractor can help you do this), take a water hose upon the roof and let it run down the roof for a reasonable amount of time checking the underside of the patio to insure you have taken care of any leaks. Inspect especially close where the patio connects to the house as water entering here can cause water damage to the interior of the house resulting in expensive repair.
As with any home project “safety is first.”
Use a safe and sturdy ladder to get on any roof. Make sure the roof is sound and solid enough to walk on. And watch for any electrical lines that may be dangerous. And use footwear that is safe for the type roof you are going to get on.