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5 Common Places for Roof Leaks

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Roof leaks are a major hassle for homeowners, and a costly one at that. Locating a roof leak can be frustrating if you try to tackle the problem yourself; fortunately, a professional roofing company is trained to find and repair leaks efficiently. Here’s what you should know about the five areas most likely to leak on a roof.

Chimney Leaks
A common location for roof leaks is the chimney. Some chimneys do not have covers and rain can fall directly into the chimney. Condensation in the chimney, cracks in the chimney crown and worn flashing are other causes of chimney leaks. Chimney flashing is metal that keeps the area between the chimney and roof watertight. Because flashing wears down over time and may be incorrectly installed, it is important to have your chimney inspected once a year to make sure that flashing is intact and secure.

Broken Shingles
Another cause for leaks is broken shingles, especially if your house is older or still has its original roof. Storms and strong winds can rip shingles from the roof and create exposed areas that you can’t see without the help of a professional. Your roof may have a few broken shingles or several. Leaks caused by a severe storm may require extensive shingle repairs, especially if hail or strong winds caused a lot of damage.

Improperly Sealed Roof Valleys
A roof valley is an area where two planes of the roof come together. If the valleys are improperly sealed, a leak may result. A roofing professional can detect this problem by carefully looking for wet areas near the seams of your roof. Due to the complexity of this type of leak, sealing roof valleys should be done by a professional. Findlay Roofing can provide a free roof analysis to determine the location of your leak.

Cracked Roof Vents
Another important part of your roof is the vents, which look like small pipes that protrude from your roof. Although these pipes might look strange, their job is to get rid of excess moisture from the inside of your home. A roof vent often has flashing around it and a rubber boot to help seal the top of the vent. Over time, flashing may become worn and can crack, causing a roof leak. Your roof professional will inspect the roof vents and may replace the cracked rubber boot to resolve the problem.

Ice Dam Leaks
Ice dam leaks affect people who reside in the snow belt, where cold temperatures and ice are common. Similar to icicles, ice dams are bands of solid ice that form along the eaves and block the normal flow of water down a roof. When this happens, major problems can result. Dams can rip off gutters, damage shingles and cause water to back up and flow into your home. They are rare in north Georgia, but if you own a vacation home or rental property in a snow belt state, you may want to consult a professional who can show you how to keep ice dams from forming.

Call Findlay Roofing to evaluate your roof leaks today.

Roof Repairs Around Your Chimney

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Chimney repairs are some of the hardest roof repairs. The chimney—a complex roof feature—requires complex methods of sealing and protection. As a result, it’s no surprise that a large number of service calls have to do with the chimney and nearby leaks.

Let’s take a look at common chimney issues, and learn why chimney repairs are different from other roof repairs:

Chimneys and Flashing

Flashing is a term for the metal bands on the edges of your roof that help protect vulnerable spots from moisture and leak problems. Chimneys require flashing (and the protection from moisture the metal bands provide). After all, chimneys are holes in your rooftop, and holes tend to cause leaks.

Chimneys typically require extensive flashing in spots near shingles. A common practice is to create two sets of overlapping flashing, one rising up from the rooftop and one going down to cover the edge of the first. The flashing is then carefully sealed where it meets the underlayment and shingles. In a perfect world, every chimney would be protected by flashing and nothing would go wrong. However, in reality chimney flashing is not always properly installed causing the natural aging of the roof and damage from storms to eventually create some serious problems.

Signs of Flashing Problems

Leaks found at the corners of the chimney are usually a sign of flashing problems. A common solution for this flashing issue is to replace or reseal the leaky area. It’s important to keep in mind chimney leaks are a result of amateur work—meaning chimneys are not the place to break out your DIY skills if something goes wrong.

The Chimney Crown

The “crown” of a chimney is the concrete or cement layer on the top of the chimney that helps seal the flue (or the chimney’s opening). Chimney crowns are more common in larger chimneys. Problems with the crown can do even more damage than flashing issues, though they aren’t as common. This is because cracks in the flue allow moisture to seep directly into the chimney.

If a cracked or decaying crown is found, focus on removing and replacing it. Broken crowns may require extensive re-bricking, so sometimes installing a brand new chimney is the best option. Small leaks or cracks can be sealed and mortared, but this may only be a temporary solution.

Fortunately, crown problems are usually just a result of extreme age or weather over an extended period of time. However, if you think water is leaking into your chimney or nearby walls, then contact a professional immediately.

Chimney Covers

The chimney flue itself also needs a cover to protect it from rain. A damaged cover can cause several problems, ranging from a blocked chimney to leaks that put out the fire in your fireplace. These problems are usually obvious, and chimney covers are relatively easy to fix with a replacement.

If any of the issues above sound all too familiar, contact a roofing professional for roof repairs. For more information regarding your roof, give us a call at 770-516-5806.

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