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What to Do When Your Shed Roof Springs a Leak

What to Do When Your Shed Roof Springs a Leak

Sheds and other small buildings are just as prone to roof problems as homes and garages. The same attacks by wind and hail, and general wear and tear happen to these smaller roofs.

Fortunately, they are usually easier and less costly to repair.

Easy to overlook

Leaks in shed roofs can go unnoticed for some time. Sheds are commonly not finished on the interior, and water leaks may not be as obvious. Also, most property owners do not spend as much time in a garden or tool shed.

Make a point of looking for wet spots on the rafters immediately after a rain event if you suspect a leaky roof.

If you observe a single leak or a small number, it may be possible to repair the roof rather than replace the shingles.

Estimate the position on the roof directly above the wet spots in the interior. Look for damaged shingles. These might show cracks or breaks from hail damage or just be worn from years of exposure to the sun.

 What to Do When Your Shed Roof Springs a Leak


Small cracks or holes can be patched with silicone. Brush away any loose materials on the roof material. Apply the silicone with a small putty knife and cover the entire damaged area. This type of repair is best done under dry conditions. Repairs with roofing silicone are often clear and not noticeable so it does not affect the appearance of your shed.

Replacing Sheets

Another option is to replace a complete damaged sheet. Depending on your roof type you will need to remove the entire roof sheet. To do this you will more than likely need to loosen each side sheet to allow the wanted sheet to come free. Most shed sheets are secured by simple screws or Tek screws making the removal of the sheet a straight forward process.

 What to Do When Your Shed Roof Springs a Leak

Replacing the entire roof

For the above reasons, replacing the entire roof maybe your best option. Start by removing the existing shingles. Work from the top of the shed roof using a shingle fork.

If a shingle fork is not available, a garden fork works about as well. Once the old shingles are removed, start by applying new ones at the bottom of each side of the shed. Apply the shingles to the roof according to the directions, which will vary depending on the type of shingles.

Shop right to avoid leaks

If you take time to shop for the best garden sheds, leaks won’t be a problem for years to come. We always recommend going with metal garden sheds as they are the most durable garden sheds available in the market today.