Common Roof Leak Repairs: Vent Pipe Damage

Common Roof Leak Repairs: Vent Pipe Repairs

If you look at your home’s roof, you’re likely to see several vent pipes protruding from the flat surfaces. These vent pipes allow gases to safely exit your home. The gases originate in bathrooms and kitchens, travel up through the venting pipe, and exit the home where the pipe empties above the roof.

A properly ventilated roof creates a balance between air intake and air exhaust. Without proper attic ventilation, numerous problems with temperature and moisture can arise and the lifetime of your roof may be significantly shortened – one of them being ice dams (when ice builds up in your eaves and gutters, which can buckle or fall off under the weight, causing serious and expensive damage to your home).

Hence, maintaining a healthy vent pipe system is critical to your roof’s health – this may include ridge vents, soffit vents, gable vents and powered attic fans.

Yet, aside from skylights and chimneys, roof vents are one of the most common causes of roof leaks. It is then critical that when trying to pinpoint the source of a roof leak, you examine your vent pipes besides other penetrations in the roof.

Common Roof Leak Repairs: Vent Pipe Damage

Common Roof Leaks: Damaged vent pipe collars

Common Roof Leak Repairs: Vent Pipe Repairs

Typically, vent pipe leaks occur at the collar surrounding the base of the vent pipe where it breaks through the surface of the roofing material. These collars consist of a metal base, generally made out of aluminum, and a rubber boot integrated into the top of the collar.

The collar’s job is to create a tight seal, keeping rainwater and debris from getting into your attic. Over time, through exposure to the sun and harsh weather, the rubber boot may wear out and deteriorate or split. Rusty and cracked vent pipe collars will allow the water to first pool around, then seep through the interior walls of your home causing great damage.

Deterioration of the underlying metal flashing and roof cement around vent pipes is also a common occurrence.

Bottom line: If the collar is cracked or damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Common Roof Leaks: Damaged pipes

Not all collar leaks are due to bad rubber boots, of course. Water can also enter your home if the roof vent itself has been disrupted. During a rainstorm, some rain will fall directly into the open end of the vent pipe. This rainwater makes its way down the vent and ultimately to your home’s sewer line. If there are leaks in the elbows or joints on this line, water can seep out and cause interior damage.

Bottom line: Water can also get in if the roof vent itself has been damaged.

Need Help With Roof Leak Repairs?

For problems like these, you’ll need the help of an roofing contractor experienced in roof leak repairs. Here’s what you can expect in terms of repairs:

  • A thorough inspection of your vent pipes (and often an entire roof) to evaluate the extend of the damage.
  • Removal of shingles above and around the pipe followed by the removal of the old flashing base.
  • Pipe collar and underlying flashing replacement.
  • Application of the roofing cement to the newly installed flashing to cover small openings and cracks.
  • Replacement or re-installment of surrounding shingles.

At All Roofing Solutionswe’re proud to have a skilled team dedicated to servicing all your roofing needs. We’re a family owned and operated Delaware & Pennsylvania roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience in replacing, repairing, and inspecting roofs for residential and commercial clients.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Contact us today and receive a discount of 15% off any roofing repair job.

Residential Roofing: 5 Most Common Shingle Roofing Repairs

Residential Roofing: 5 Most Common Shingle Roofing Repairs

While there are a host of roofing issues you may come across over a lifetime of your roof, some are more common than others. Sooner or later, an asphalt shingle roof will require repairs, whether for normal wear and tear or severe weather damage.

Some repairs are quite unique in nature. Most likely, however, you will be dealing with one of the few common problems we see on a regular basis when inspecting roofs across Delaware.

5 Most Common Shingle Roofing Repairs in Residential Roofing

There are several types of damage that will require repairs. The sooner you handle those the better. Waiting too long (for better weather, better contractor, better financial situation) may cause further damage – and cost you more to repair in the end.

The five most common shingle roofing repairs

  • Damage from hail, wind, or ice dams: Ice dams can be more than a nuisance. While shingle roofing is made to withstand assaults from mother nature, no roof can hold up to the most severe weather. An expert roofing contractor may be able to repair/replace individual shingles. In some cases, however, your roof may be beyond repair, and need complete replacement.
  • Improperly sealed vent pipes: Over time, the seals around your vent pipes may wear out, requiring repair.
  • Leaky skylights: A common roof leak repair, skylight leaks are generally due to either improper installation or worn-out seals.
  • Chimney flashing: Flashing is the sheet metal that maintains a watertight seal between the chimney and the roof. Proper chimney flashing includes installation of both step flashing and counter flashing. If chimney flashing pulls away or is damaged by wind or hail, water may leak into your attic and your home’s interior.
  • Roof valleys: A common collector for leaves, limbs, snow and ice, roof valleys can be problematic at times. Keeping your roof free of debris encourages the natural downward flow of water, which helps to keep your shingle roofing in good shape.

DIY Repairs vs. Hiring a Contractor

If you notice any damage or signs of excessive wear on your shingle roofing, it’s important to address it as soon as possible to keep water from seeping underneath and rotting the underlying wood. Sometimes the cause of a problem/leak is hard to determine – the location of the leak may not directly indicate the problem’s location. This is why hiring an experienced roofing contractor is critical. Roofing repairs that are done without a thorough inspection are seldom successful, and the homeowner may then face an even costlier remedy.

When looking for professional help, do your research. By hiring a reputable, licensed roofing contractor, a homeowners will avoid the pitfalls of poor shingle roofing repairs, something quite common when dealing with an inexperienced, fly-by company.

At All Roofing Solutions, we’re proud to have a skilled team dedicated to servicing all your roofing needs. We’re a family owned and operated Delaware & southeastern Pennsylvania roofing contractor with over 15 years of experience in replacing, repairing, and inspecting roofs for residential and commercial clients.

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  • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!Family owned and operated Delaware & Pennsylvania roofing contractor.
  • Fully licensed and insured.
  • Nearly 20 years of experience with roofing & siding installation and repair.
  • A+ rated BBB member
  • Complimentary Extended Material warranty
  • 30 year workmanship guarantee on full roof replacements
  • Lien Waver to protect the homeowners from material liens
  • Own crew – no subcontractors!
  • Handling all types of residential and commercial roofing, windows & siding projects.
  • Most re-roofing projects are completed in one day.
  • Because we are efficient we are able to offer very competitive prices comparing to large contractors with bigger overhead.
  • Each roofing/siding projects includes a meticulously performed, post-roofing inspection. We want to make sure that your roof replacement is done correctly and that it meets with your complete satisfaction.
  • All projects are supervised by company owner to ensure high quality workmanship.
  • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed!

To schedule your FREE roofing estimate contact our Delaware team at 302-725-ROOF (7663), or our Pennsylvania crew at 610-551-ROOF (7663).  And don’t forget to ask about our discount of $400 off any complete roofing installation job!!!

 

The Cool Roofing Movement: Six Benefits of Roof Coating

You already know that your house and business need a sturdy, well-installed roof to ensure years of trouble-free service. But did you know that applying a roof coating could increase the lifespan of your roof, whether it was installed recently or a decade ago?

Coating your roof can reduce heat energy costs and increase UV and waterproofing protection for the roof. As a roof is exposed to heat and ultraviolet rays over the years, materials break down. This chemical breakdown begins to ruin the roof’s appearance and function. Roof coatings lend strength and longevity to roofing materials while maintaining the aesthetic appearance of any structure.

The Cool Roofing Movement: Six Benefits of Roof Coating

Six Advantages of Roof Coatings

Reflective roof coatings act as a barrier between your roof and the elements, and many are approved by ENERGY STAR for their proven advantages. These include:

#1. Reduced cooling bills

ENERGY STAR-qualified roof coatings lower roof’s surface temperature and decrease your home’s interior temperature by an average of seven to 10 degrees. This happens in two distinct ways:

  1. A reflective roof coating when applied to roofs help reflect more sunlight from the surface reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the structure, which then translates into reduced energy cost.
  2. Quality roof coatings will also reflect damaging ultraviolet and infrared sunlight away from your building (this is called thermal emittance), allowing for cooler roof and building temperatures resulting in a reduction in air conditioning energy usage.

#2. Extended roof life

Roof coatings create a resilient barrier between the elements and the uppermost layers of your roofing material. The right roof coating increases your roof’s waterproof quality guarding your roof from harmful sun rays, prevents UV damage, and reflects heat away from the roof’s surface. This increased the longevity of your roofing while lowering maintenance expenses.

#3. Useful with a variety of materials

Roof coatings are formulated to adhere to a wide range of roofing surface types, including metal roofs, asphalt roofs, composite roofs, galvanized metal, wood, and others. However, before applying roof coatings to materials such as shingle, check your manufacturer’s warranty to see if these spray/brush-on products void your warranty. And when replacing a roof, consider upgrading to reflective coating shingles to benefit from the “hot” cool-roofing movement taking place in America.

#4. Avoiding early roof replacement

Small leaks and other minor damage can be repaired before a roof coating is applied. In some cases, you may be able to avoid full-scale replacement of your roof for several years if you utilize the right coating for the job. “Roof restoration using a coating system can save the owner 50-70% when compared to replacing the entire roof,” said David Bade, owner of St. Louis-based Bade Roofing Company “With a roof restoration, owners avoid the cost of tearing off the existing roof, purchasing new materials and paying labor fees to replace the existing roof. Not to mention the environmental impact that roofing materials have when disposed in a landfill.”

#5. Fade resistance

Reflective roof coatings help your roof maintain its color over time improving the overall look of your home as it ages. Since the roof coatings are reflective, the color of the roof is maintained for a longer duration, which makes your house look more appealing.

#6. Sustainable and environmentally-friendly roofing

One final peripheral benefit of roof coatings is that they help reduce waste by extending the life of your roof thus minimizing the amount of debris produced during maintenance and repair. Today, most coatings are specially formulated for environmental safety as well, so you don’t have to worry about production techniques or dangerous chemicals. Cool roofs also benefit the environment by reducing local air temperatures (the urban heat island effect) and lowering peak electricity demand.

Consider Applying Roof Coating

Reflective roof coating is your answer to a long lasting roof! If you’re considering this simple yet effective method of extending the life of your roof, call All Roofing Solutions, a family owned & operated DE roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience. We are fully licensed and insured to do roofing & siding installation, maintenance and repair work in Delaware and Pennsylvania!

We’ll help you decide which roofing material, and coating, is the best for your family residence, commercial facility, or office complex – and handle all your installation projects, large and small.

To learn more, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania, or request Free Estimate online!

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