Rain, Rain, Rain on the Roof (and Floor)

We are definitely into our rainy season. Earlier in the week for several nights we have had huge downpours with most of our roof holding up except for maybe five small leaks and one issue. The issue is the small vent in our master bathroom. We discovered that the house is not exactly square, the walls on the one side of the house are a bit off. So when the roofing was added the one section does not have as much of an overhang as the other side. With the rains the past few days we have awoken to a small river on our bathroom floor.

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Wednesday morning I asked David our neighbor if he would take a look and see if he could put a cover or small roof over this section so this would not happen again. Within ten minutes he was on the job, found all the materials, found all the equipment, ladders etc and finished the job in a few hours.

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Now all it needs is a coat of paint and our bathroom should stay dry when we get these rains again.

I have a questions for anyone reading, we have been told that a coating can be painted onto your roof to seal the little holes so that we can get several more years out of this roof. If anyone has any information on this please leave a comment, we are not in a position now to replace the roof.

22 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Rain on the Roof (and Floor)

  1. I hear ya about having leaks in the roof. Also, I had no idea concrete let so much water through! I have a couple of areas where the water is coming through the concrete with no visible cracks! Starnge how that works. Stay dry!

    • Thanks for your comment, we just need to find a product that will seal the small holes at this point. I have heard that they mix Black Concrete with some sort of paint and apply it to the roof. Hope you find where the water is coming through your concrete…Nancy

  2. Ron says that silicone paint can be applied to the tin roof to seal it. I imagine that it is expensive, though. http://www.lexiscoatings.com/energyguard/silicone-elastomeric/ If worse comes to worse, you can always put a sheet of plastic on your roof, like I see all over Nicaragua. Or, if your roof is not really steep, maybe you can put used roof tiles over the tin. We did that with the back of our house. We didn’t replace the tin and covered it with inexpensive used roof tiles that we sanded and repainted. Good luck. It’s a challenge being a home owner.

    • Hi Deb, well our roof is not tin, we think it is fiberglass which splits easily. We have been told that you mix black concrete with some sort of paint and apply to the roof…maybe that is the silicone paint Ron is talking about. I have a few cracks that they would put a patch on before they paint it and I have been told that it can last for many years that way. We thought about the roof tiles but the beams that are holding up the interior of the house are really small look to be about a 3″ x 3″ wood beam, the added weight may be just too much for those beams…thanks for the info. Nancy

    • Steve, it is just so funny to see how off the one side of the house is…we noticed it first on the one wall of our bedroom, it is off about half a foot from the bathroom to the end of the bedroom. n

  3. Hi Nancy
    I googled “roof sealant” and it looks like there are a lot of products to choose from. I hope you can find something and that the rainy season ends soon.

    • Hi Marie. I will need to go into Portoviejo and look around to see what they have here. It seems that a silicone sealant is what would work the best but who knows what is sold in EC. Thanks, Nancy

  4. ok Nancy I used it on the roof of my Florida Room on my house. It comes in a 5 gallon bucket, It goes for about $50 in the USA, Here is what it is called an here is how they spell it on the Spanish Label of the bucket. Recubrimiento Blanco Elastomerico Con Silicon. Ti stopped the leaks in my Florida Room. I put two coats on. You apply it with a paint roller.

  5. Nancy,
    Fiberglass degrades in sunlight. They make some clear paint that is supposed to help it last longer but of course no one uses it. If I had a choice I would only use fiberglass on a roof that you wanted to let some light through. Otherwise it doesn’t really last long enough to make it worth it. Although it does cost less than tin I don’t think it is enough cheaper to make it worth the extra hassle in the long run.
    When you decide to replace it…
    They make a silver paint for tin that will stop it from rusting so a tin roof will last pretty much forever if you paint it every 5 years or so. If you let it rust obviously it won’t last that long. You shouldn’t paint it for the first couple of years though until the oily film wears off.

    Good luck! Don’t walk on crumbly fiberglass it cracks really easy! The “blackjack” silicone roof coating doesn’t say it is for use on fiberglass but it might work.
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_139941-29-5530-1-30_0__?productId=3013309&Ntt=roof+paint&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Droof%2Bpaint&facetInfo=

    This one on the other hand might seal both your fiberglass roof and leaky concrete walls. http://www.lowes.com/pd_12023-29-6125-9-30_0__?productId=3009900&Ntt=roof+paint&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Droof%2Bpaint&facetInfo=

    • Hi Tim, We were told to stay away from the tim roof because we are so close to the beach…but I do see the house in front of us has a really nice tin roof. Thanks for the sites I will take a look and then do some more talking to the locals about what they would use. Looking at the roofs around us it looks like they don’t use anything…I guess it is cheaper to put a pan down when it really rains than to spend money on a coating. Nancy

  6. The silver paint he was talking about works for alot of things and last. Stain master series is the name of it. I do not like silicone or paint. It just has to be repeated every couple of months and the heat drys it out. I have used this paint in gas tanks so they last longer. Many ways to use it.

    • Karen, hard to find good US products on the shelves here. I will find out what the locals would use and we will probably do the same. Nancy

  7. Hey Nancy, Yes, there are roof coatings that can be applied to your roof, but I have no idea what’s available there. If you were here, I’d recommend “Kool Seal” or some other elastomeric coating (viscous liquid that dries into a thick, tough, elastic coating). You’ll want to choose a white or silver tinted product, not black, so that reflects heat. Clean the roof, patch the holes and seams with fiberglass mesh tape, then brush, broom or roll on the coating. It’s not difficult to do, will last many years and can be recoated.

    • Hey John, The one young man Jose (almost everyone has a Jose in his name ha ha) told me the same thing, patch and then seal. My biggest issue is not knowing exactly where the leak is??? I see a small puddle on the floor and look up and the roof looks great, so it must be running down the roof from another little hole…maybe what we need is one huge patch for the entire roof…well seriously I would imagaine that whatever they use will seal the little holes. It only dripped in after it had rained a very hard rain all night long…so with a light shower we had no leaks. Thanks for the info. Nancy

      • Nan,
        You are right, if the roof has any pitch at all (and I hope it does) the leak could be anywhere above where you see the water dripping. Sometimes it can even be all the way at the top (for a single slope roof) or at the peak for two slopes. And it might only leak if it really rains hard and the water backs up or is blown upward or sideways. There might not be any holes at all, simply a place where the overlap is too small and the wind blows it over a hump or two or up under an overhang.

        • Tim, when we had them look at our roof back in July we did not even have a roof cap covering the peak. So we purchased the proper roofing and had them install it. With the coating we should eliminate most of these little leaks and then something else will probably go. Because that is the way it is with home ownership. Nancy

  8. Nancy, Jose sounds like he knows what he’s doing. Now then, little pin holes (1/8 inch diameter or less) – don’t need to be patched; the coating will go right over them. About locating the leak, get up on a ladder with a hose and start running water (not spraying, just a gentle flow) at a point downhill from the leak, then slowly go uphill until the drip shows up inside and – bingo – you’ve found it. I wish I were there to do it, but I’ve got to build a bridge today (it’s a long story, I’ll send you pics). Stay dry, John

    • Thanks John, I am waiting on someone to give me a quote on what the locals do. We will see what he has to say. Now building a bridge that is worth writing more about. N

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