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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2016

How can I repair Water damage and cracking in wall and window frame caused by a leak from my shingle roof?

There was a prior leak when I moved into my house on my roof right over a large window. After a couple of rainy days, I noticed a huge water pocket in the paint along the top edge and side of the window. I peeled the paint and released the water to find rusted nails and layers of spackle.

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Sounds like you may need a General Contractor because you are probably into removing and repairing/repainting or replacing the window, drywall, insulation replacement, maybe a touch of electrical/siding/flooring work depending on what is damaged. Plus the roofing of course if a roof leak.

A competent handyman might be able to handle this too - but unless you have one who you are confident is really widely capable (like a former GC), you would really be taking a flip of the coin by going with an unknown one.

The actual leak source you might be able to find by looking for staining/wetness in the attic and on underside of roof - or might need a home inspector or insulation or energy auditor contractor with a thermal infrared camera (or rent cheaper at Home Depot/tool rental places/some auto parts stores) to locate the source and track of the leak (if done shortly after a leakage event).

Could be a roof leak - or could be top flashing and water shield problem on the window itself, if exposed to wind driven rain.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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