When your roof has a leak you need to have it repaired quickly before more damage occurs. Roof leaks occur for many different reasons and finding the exact location of a leak can be difficult to find. Hiring a licensed professional and experienced roofing company important. Some common causes of roof leaks include, Chimney Flashings, Roof Valleys, Vent Pipes, Missing or Damaged Shingles, Clogged Gutters, Dormer Flashings, and the list goes on. Ability Roofing, LLC has many years of experience of finding and repairing all kinds of roof leaks. We use the correct materials when repairing roofs and make every effort to visually match your roof with the exact manufacturer and color product if available.
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Common Causes of Residential Roof Leaks
Worn Out Pipe Boots
Roof leaks from Pipe Boots are a common cause for a roof leak. Pipe Boots consist of a metal or plastic base, and a rubber collar integrated into the top of the Pipe Boot. The rubber collars job is to create a tight seal around plumbing vent pipes, keeping rainwater from getting into your home. Over time, exposure to sun and harsh weather, the rubber collars wear out and deteriorate or split. Even though the majority of leakage occurs at the rubber collar it is still important that the Pipe Boot metal or plastic base is installed correctly.
Proper installation of Chimney Flashing creates a waterproof seal that protects your roof and Chimney from moisture penetration. Chimney Flashing should be installed with a layer of Ice and Water Shield around the perimeter of the Chimney, followed by Step Flashing on the sides of the Chimney, and lastly Counter Flashing that is turned downward and installed in the mortar joints of the Chimney. Chimney Step and Counter Flashing should be made of Aluminum, Steel, or Copper. To install chimney flashing correctly you certainly don’t just slap some Step Flashing, Silicone or Roofing Tar on the problem as shown in the above picture.
Missing Shingles on a roof are usually an indication of an older roof, storm damage, or poor workmanship. If you see missing Shingles on your roof it is important to have a licensed professional roofing company inspect your roof and replace any missing or damaged shingles asap. A few missing Shingles can cause a lot of damage to your homes interior. Putting the work off will only cause the issue to grow and could cost you more money for something that started out as a simple repair.