The area of your roof where you have shingles that end and meet next to a wall could end up with leaks. Leaks in this area can occur when water puddles rather than flows away from your roof like it should. If you end up with a leak in this area, it needs to be repaired immediately to prevent a lot of damage to your home. You could end up with damage to the sidewall, in addition to the roof where it meets up. Read on for tips to help you make a repair to a leak in this area of your roof.

Remove The Shingles

Find where you have a leak, or at least around where you have a leak, and start removing shingles in this area. You'll begin to notice wet sheeting below the shingles, so continue to remove shingles until you have dry sheeting. You'll also want to remove the tar paper in this area as well. If the sheeting below is damaged, you may have to remove the sheeting as well, to replace it to prevent a future leak.

Expose The Flashing

There should be flashing where the roof meets a sidewall. If you don't have any flashing, this is a problem, and you need to install flashing in this area. This is what will protect this adjoining area against leaks. If you do have flashing in place, be sure it is properly in place, and it isn't damaged or loose in any way. You may need to replace the flashing, or you can tar it in place to seal it against water.

Replace The Tar Paper And Shingles

Once you have the flashing repaired, and any sheeting replaced, you can install new tar paper and shingles. Lay out the tar paper and staple it in place to secure it to the sheeting. Once the tar paper is in place, you can replace the shingles. Nail the shingles in place, securing it with enough nails so it doesn't become loose. Also be sure you are installing the shingle sheet panels correctly and evenly so you don't have any exposed tar paper or sheeting.

If you have a leak in your roof where your roof meets your sidewall, it could be an expensive repair if you don't repair the leak in time. Call a professional roofing contractor to help you make the repair for you to ensure it is done correctly.