How To Repair Minor Damage To Your Foam Roof

One of the primary benefits of installing a foam roof is the ease with which these roofs can be maintained and repaired. In fact, most minor repairs can be completed on a do-it-yourself basis without investing a lot of time or money. The step-by-step guide below can help you to complete these repairs on your own roof.

Step 1: Find The Source Of The Leak

Foam roofs will often develop small blisters as a result of being exposed to moisture. However, the majority of these blisters will not result in a leak or other functional issue. They can however, make it far more difficult to find the exact source of leak through a simple visual inspection.

In order to isolate the damage to your foam roof, begin by narrowing down the search area to a few feet surrounding the area where water is entering your home. Next, use a small putty knife to probe any low areas and blistered areas to determine where the damage has actually penetrated the foam's surface.

Step 2: Clean The Damaged Area

Next, you will need to ensure that the area that is being repaired is completely free of contaminates. During this cleaning process, you will need to take care to ensure no moisture is allowed to work itself under the foam's surface. A failure to do so could result in the moisture becoming trapped under the foam and ultimately compromising the strength and durability of your roof.

In order to effectively clean your roof without the use of excess moisture, apply a small amount of cleaner to a soft bristled brush rather than directly to the roof's surface. This brush can then be used to scrub away any contaminates on the roof surface without the use of water or other liquids.

When you have finished cleaning the area, be sure to wipe the area dry with a microfiber cloth.

Step 3: Seal The Leak

Finally, you will be ready to seal the leak by filling the damaged area with urethane caulk. If you are not familiar with the use of a caulk gun, be sure to practice on a piece of old wood or other scrap material before attempting your roof repairs. This will allow you to get familiar with the rate of dispersal to ensure you do not accidentally overfill cracks in your roof. This is extremely important as adding too much caulk to the area can put additional stress on the surrounding foam.

A Final Thought

While repairing minor damage to your foam roof can be a relatively simple job, repairing more severe damage will require your roof to be resealed once the repair is complete. Consequently, larger scale repairs should always be left to a qualified roofing contractor, like Urethane Foam Consulting & Services, to complete.