Tim the tool man here again bringing you another adventure in home enhancement. This time offering a step by step guide for any do it yourself job when your house has an unexpected leak coming from the ceiling within your house. One of the first thoughts once you first notice moisture, a water spot, or notice that dripping sound whenever it rains is that somewhere on your roof there simply may be a crack, a small hole where a roofing nail was, or even some lost caulk around the flashing around the roof ports. Whatever the case, trying to find just where escape is coming from on your roof is like finding a needle in a haystack. In other words, an impossible job to find just where that hole or crack is on one’s roof.
There are many alternatives to consider when one is faced with preventing further water damage inside one’s home due to a leaky roof. The most apparent one is the thought that the roof is older and it could require a total replacement. That’s the most expensive choice. One which can cost well over $5,000 or more based on the square footage of your roof. For many of us particularly senior citizens living on Social Security that is not the option. The best opportunity to get rid of any leaks, shield the home, and at the same time if you just happen to live in a warm climate like Florida keep your interior cool on these extremely hot and humid days would be to employ a silicone waterproof barrier over the entire roof.
With the dawn of today’s silicone roof technologies, they have come up with several sealants that would cheaper and more practical to employ directly on your roof rather than a whole roof repair. Through due diligence and research on the various kinds of silicone sealers, I urge Eterna-Lote S-100. From all of the recommendations, there are this one is by far the best choice for virtually any type of roof. You can order it online but, for absolute convince and cost Home Depot carries this brand. They say timing is everything because I was just fortunate enough to be at Home Depot when they’d Eterna-Lote S-100 on sale. Originally a 5-gallon bucket would cost a little over $200 but it was discounted to $70. The square footage of my roofing required 2 5 gallon drums of the sealant. A much greater cost than had I opted to replace my roof. Besides, there’s a 50-year warranty. What a bargain.
There is actually not much to do once you have the necessary equipment needed to finish the task at hand in employing this sealant in your roof. 5 gallons covers only about 500 square feet no primer required. What I recommend to get a one-story dwelling is an 8ft. Ladder and extendable roller handle using a paint roller designed for rough surfaces contemplating our roof are a rolled outside shingled roof. Next, you’ll need a vacant 5-gallon bucket. As soon as you have these necessary tools program is not difficult to do. For more details, find them here.
Another word of caution would be to check the weather forecast before employing. For the best results, your roof ought to be dry and free of any debris. If any rain is from the forecast wait till there are at least two days of warm weather before and after applying this sealant. What I did was wait until the weather was a balmy sunny 65 degrees. And in Florida during the winter months, 65 degree days are rather common. I started with draining 2 gallons of Eterna into the vacant 5-gallon bucket giving me easy access to lift it onto the roof. This is only because I’m not Hercules any longer and 5 gallons of the sealant weighs only about 100 lbs. So carrying that weight up my ladder would have been a substantial chore, to say the least.