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 project when your house has an unexpected escape coming from the ceiling inside your house. One of the first thoughts when you first notice moisture, a water spot, or notice dripping sound whenever it rains is that somewhere on your roof there simply may be a crack, a little hole in which a roofing nail used to be, or some lost caulk around the flashing around the roof vents. Whatever the case, trying to discover just where escape is coming from on your roof is like finding a needle in a haystack. To put it differently, an impossible job to find just where that crack or hole is on the roof.
There are lots of options to consider when one is faced with preventing additional water damage within one’s home due to a leaky roof of this water damage company. The most obvious one is the thought that the roof is older and it could demand a total replacement. That’s the most expensive option. One which will cost well over $5,000 or more based on the square footage of your roof. For many of us especially senior citizens living on Social Security which isn’t the option. The best opportunity to get rid of any leaks, shield the house, and at the same time if you just happen to live in a warm climate such as Florida maintain your inside cool on those exceptionally hot and humid days is to apply a silicone waterproof barrier over the entire roof.
With the dawn of today’s silicone roof technologies, they’ve come up with various sealants that would more affordable and more practical to employ directly in your roof rather than a total roof restoration. Through due diligence and research on the many types of silicone sealers, I recommend Eterna-Lote S-100. From all the recommendations there are this one is undoubtedly the best option for virtually any type of roof. You may order it online but, for absolute convince and cost Home Depot carries this brand. They say timing is everything because I was just lucky enough to be at Home Depot when they had Eterna-Lote S-100 available. Originally a 5-gallon bucket would cost a bit over $200 but it had been marked down to $70. The square footage of my roof took two 5 gallon drums of this sealant. A much better cost than had I opted to replace my roof. Besides, there’s a 50-year guarantee. What a deal.
There really isn’t much to do as soon as you have the necessary equipment required to finish the job at hand in applying this sealant to your roof. 5 gallons covers just about 500 square feet no primer needed. What I recommend to get a single story dwelling is the 8ft. Ladder and extendable roller handle with a paint roller designed for rough surfaces considering our roof is a rolled out shingled roof. Next, you will need a vacant 5-gallon bucket. Once you’ve got these necessary tools application is not difficult to accomplish.
Another word of warning would be to check the weather forecast before applying. For the best results, your roofing should be dry and free of any debris. If any rain is in the forecast wait till there are two days of warm weather before and after implementing 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 quite common. I began with draining 2 gallons of Eterna to the vacant 5-gallon bucket giving me easy access to lift it onto the roof. This is because I am not Hercules any longer and 5 gallons of the sealant weighs just about 100 pounds. So carrying that weight up my ladder would have been a substantial chore, to say the least.