How to Waterproof Your Roof

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If you have a rainy season where you live, the best option to help you prepare is roof waterproofing. In case of an emergency, waterproofing your home can actually help you save your house. There are several ways to waterproof your home and stop leaks.


Before doing any installation, it’s important to troubleshoot your roof by checking the roof for any damages. Things like missing shingles can cause leaks in the future. The gaps in your room from missing shingles will allow weather to be exposed to the underlay of your roof, which can cause deterioration faster. Seal or replace any holes you see before roof waterproofing.

Pros and Cons of a Flat RoofUnder the Shingles

Any roof that has shingles needs to be waterproofed. Before you redo your roof, you must figure out how you want to waterproof it. Common materials for roof waterproofing include, tar paper and roofing felt. This layer goes between the rafters of your home and the shingles.

Over the Shingles

If you have a roofing material like wood that has been starting to show it’s age, but is still not damaged enough to replace, you can waterproof them in order to get a few more years worth. This is also the easiest option that a homeowner can accomplish themselves.

All you need to do is brush, roll, or spray, a waterproofing product over the shingles. These compounds tend to come oil or water-based because they essentially restore the original waterproofing that was applied. If you’re looking for something that will last a little longer, definitely go with the oil-based option. If you’re someone who is more environmentally conscious, water-based is the way to go.

If you need a contractor to help waterproof your home, give At the Top Restoration a call. They’ll be able to suggest the best products on the market.