You probably know your roof should be examined occasionally to look for areas that might allow rain to leak into your attic. Things like missing shingles are easy to spot, but other things are easy to miss, especially if you're looking from the ground. If it's been a long time since a roofing contractor has looked at your roof, you may want to schedule an inspection or call for repairs if you suspect your roof is in trouble. Here are some places your roof might be leaking that you aren't aware of.
Open Nail Holes
Sometimes roofing nails can get loose or come all the way out of the holes. Another problem that might develop is when a shingle is replaced and you hammer in new holes rather than using the old ones. That leaves the old holes exposed and at risk of leaking. You probably won't see open nail holes unless you're specifically looking for them since they're so small. However, this problem is easy to fix since all your roofing contractor has to do is plug the holes unless water damage has already occurred to the deck or shingles. Then, more extensive repairs may be needed.
Cracked Rubber Boots
A vent pipe that comes through your roof probably has a rubber boot on it to form a seal with the roof so rain can't leak in around the pipe. Sun exposure and temperature swings cause the rubber to deteriorate over time. Eventually, the rubber may crack and leak. If your roof is old, you should check the boots if you can when you inspect your roof. You might be able to see cracks in a boot using binoculars from the ground unless the crack is on the back. Your roofing contractor checks all boots during a roof inspection and can replace them if they are worn out.
Leaf Dam In A Valley
Rain flows off the top of your roof into a valley and then rolls into the gutters. The valleys on your roof get a lot of wear and tear, so they are prone to leaking, especially if mistakes are made during the roof installation. However, even a properly installed roof can have leaks in the valley if a dam is created by fallen leaves. When leaves get wet, they stick to the shingles and create a dam in the valley that causes water to back up rather than flowing forward with gravity. This can cause water to seep down to the deck and cause rotting that leads to a roof leak.
The solution to this problem is to cut out the rotted deck and replace it with new materials. The cause of the leak also has to be repaired and the area covered with new shingles. If you can't climb up on your roof yourself to sweep away leaf dams, it's a good idea to hire someone to do it so the leaves don't cause damage by holding moisture on the roof or driving water under the shingles.Share
23 October 2019
When my husband and I took our "second honeymoon," we stayed at a glorious resort with an on-site spa. We booked couples' packages for massages and other treatments. When we got home, we decided our bathroom was not nearly as soothing or peaceful as it could be. Armed with inspiration from our visit to the spa, we ripped out the existing vanity, tub, toilet, and other fixtures, and replaced them with more spa-like models. A frameless shower door and a quartz-topped vanity were two of the best decisions we ever made. If you want to enjoy a day at the spa—without actually leaving your home—I hope you will use the information on this blog to make it happen for your family.