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Flat alumium roof small leak. I did put black 3 inch butle around the top vent but still leaking. What should I use

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  • Malinda Richardson Mar 16, 2011

    Yes. Thank you so much. I was so sure I did it right the first time. But the first rain told me different. I will take your advice and put it to good work.

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Once you've found the source of a leak on an aluminum roof, you can can use either aluminum sealing tape or roof sealant to fix it. The tape looks like duct tape and is the less-expensive option. Thoroughly clean and dry the surface, then apply the sealing tape as smoothly as possible to avoid creating folds or creases. The other option for fixing a leak on an aluminum roof is to apply sealant, which generally does a better job of sealing leaks and lasts longer than the sealing tape. If you go this route, be sure to get sealant that's rated for an aluminum roof.

If the existing sealant is worn or cracked and may be the source of the leak, replace it with a new layer of sealant. Use a paint scraper or a similar tool to scrape off the old sealant, clean the area thoroughly, and apply a new layer of roof sealant.
You can get this materials at home-depot stores or at lowes store.Or at local auto part stores or at hardware stores.--------------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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