A couple years ago I went outside after a rain and found that my deck was covered with pieces of my roof. I looked up and noticed that some of the roof shingles were curling up and pieces of it were falling on the deck. I swept the roofing pieces up and didn’t think about it anymore for the time being.
Then I noticed that every time it rained the deck was covered in little roof pieces. The roof was not leaking yet but something needed to be done quick to prevent any leaking.
I found that for a temporary fix you can buy a tube of roofing sealant and put a dot under each tile where it curled up. Then put a brick on the repair until it dried. You may need to let the brick remain in place for at least 24 hours to let the roofing sealant dry completely. Once dried you can remove the brick and it should stick down and keep the roof from leaking temporarily.
You can also fix tears or cracks in shingle tiles by putting a thick bead of roofing sealant under the repair and another bead on the top. Take a putty knife and spread out the top bead. You can hide the repair by taking some of the lose granules of roofing shingles that collect in places like gutters and sprinkling it over the moist roofing sealant. The granules will stick to the sealant and hide the repair.
If your roof is having some issues then you will eventually need to replace it. However a new roof is a major expense that you can stall on getting for some time with these repair ideas. If you do need to repair your roof you will need to start thinking about replacing the entire roof. These repairs will hold off the expense for awhile while you are saving the money replace the roof.
Eventually all of the tiles on our roof started to curl up. It was just too much for a quick fix and we needed to replace the whole roof.
It is best to fix a roof before it starts to leak. Sometimes you don’t know there is a problem with the roof until water starts to leak into your home. You can temporarly fix a roof so it does not leak. If you would like to read more you can go to http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,219567-3,00.html.