7 Steps to Locating and Patching Minor Roof Leaks

Many homeowners look to save money by making minor roof repairs on their own. If you’re up for the challenge, your first step will be to learn how to pinpoint and fix small leaks.

While the location of the incoming water will often betray the leaky spot, identifying the source of the problem isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. Your repair strategy will also be influenced by the location, size and orientation of the leak, but the good news is that both issues can be addressed with some simple investigation and action.

7 Steps to Locating and Patching Minor Roof Leaks

7 Steps to Locating and Patching Minor Roof Leaks

Follow these seven simple steps to locate and fix minor leaks in your roof:

  • Check for any penetrations in the roof; these are, by a wide margin, the most common source of roof leaks. They are normally found within a few feet of the interior ceiling location where the leak appears to be centered.
  • Remove shingles in the area where you suspect the leak is located, and look for telltale signs like water stains and rotting structural underlayments.
  • If you still can’t find the leak, enlist the help of an assistant. Have one person stay inside at the apparent source of the leak and have the other go up on the roof with a water supply. Work systematically by wetting localized areas of the roof with the water supply until the person inside sees water start to dribble from the ceiling. By notifying the person on the roof when the interior leak appeared, it will be easy to localize the leak to a specific area.
  • Clear shingles from the affected area of the roof, leaving a few feet of open space on all sides of the leak.
  • Assess the condition of the shingles, as well as the condition of underlying elements of the roof. Identify elements that need to be repaired or replaced; some leaks are caused by relatively simple problems like curled or damaged shingles, while others result from damage to the roof’s underlying structural features.
  • Seal off any penetrations that are allowing water to enter your home through a hole or other breach in the integrity of the underlying roof structure.
  • Replace all damaged, missing and removed shingles with new ones, taking care to ensure they are fully adhered to the roof surface with nails as well as roofing cement.

7 Steps to Locating and Patching Minor Roof LeaksIn the event that you uncover a major problem, it’s best to enlist the help of a licensed roofing professional to assess the damage. More elaborate and intensive repairs can be difficult and onerous, and in many cases, even experienced DIY-ers are better off investing in the safety and skill of a qualified roofing repair contractor.

Hire Professional Roofer To Help!

Don’t put off repairing a leak, as this can lead to additional structural problems, mold growth and high levels of moisture and humidity, all of which can be difficult and expensive to repair.

If you’d like to schedule a roofing inspection to diagnose specific problems or evaluate the overall condition of your roof, contact All Roofing Solutions. We offer affordable, expert roof repair, replacement and installation services to customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. We’re a family-owned business with nearly 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We are passionate about providing great service and excellent workmanship!

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roofing repair job!

Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Roof damage doesn’t just mean you’re dealing with old, worn shingles. Damage to the chimney structure is quite common as well, with many culprits behind it.

Reasons Behind Leaky Chimney

Over time, chimneys tend to develop cracks and crevices that allow water to permeate them. Additionally, the sections of metal applied at the seams between the chimney and roof  — called roof flashing – may come loose or break due to high winds and other inclement weather.

Improper chimney flashing installation can also open up your roof to early deterioration. Chimney leaks are the primary form of damage you will notice from a faulty chimney flashing installation. Instead of keeping rain and snow out of the roof seams, sub-par flashing allows the moisture into the roof’s inner structure. Water seepage can cause mildew, mold and premature aging of the roof.

If you have a chimney, regular maintenance, yearly inspections and prompt repairs are a must. You have to be proactive if you want to avoid nasty chimney leaks or, worse, damage to your roof caused by chimney problems you ignored for too long.

Roofing Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

Problems cause by damaged chimney flashing can be mitigated through regular roof inspections & effective repairs.

Chimney Inspection

Leaky chimney problems can quickly become costly, and may include drywall warping, ceiling stains, insulation saturation, mold growth and interior home damage. That’s why we recommend annual inspections handled by a professional.

When you hire a roofing inspection contractor to check the integrity of your roof, they will inspect not only the roof, but also the chimney, vents, skylights, all areas of flashing, and your home’s drainage systems. If there are any problems with the chimney, such as broken bricks, loose mortar joints, cracks around the chimney foundation, or deteriorating flashing, prompt repairs should be your next priority.

Chimney Flashing Repairs vs Replacement

Chimney flashing needs to be replaced when it becomes rusty, corroded, chipped, or broken. Masonry caulk can seal small gaps or holes on a short-term basis, but is not designed to take the place of the flashing. Depending on the state of the flashing, part of the chimney and surrounding roof shingles may also need replacement.

Oftentimes flashing can be repaired – you can follow our simple steps to chimney flashing repairs we’ve covered on this blog. However, if flashing shows signs of rust or other weather wear, your contractor may need to remove shingles to install new flashing. This is not a do-it-yourself undertaking, since improper flashing installation could void your roof warranty.

Roof Maintenance: Chimney Flashing Inspection & Repair

We Repair Leaky Chimneys!

Don’t wait for small problems to develop into damaging leaks – your local contractor can help!

If you’d like to schedule a roofing inspection to diagnose specific problems or evaluate the overall condition of your roof, contact All Roofing Solutions. We’re a family-owned contractor with over 15 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing. We offer affordable, expert roof repair, replacement and installation services to customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.

To schedule your free consultation, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to ask about our discount of 15% off any roofing repair job!

Roof Leak Prevention: 6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation is an important part of home construction, yet most homes have either no ventilation or not enough of it. Inadequate attic ventilation can lead to a host of problems, with roof leaks being among the most common.

In order to prevent these issues and extend the life of your roof, you need an attic that literally “breathes.”

Roof Leak Prevention: 6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

With proper attic ventilation, you allow for warm, moist air – which naturally rises – to safely escape your home rather than building up in the form of condensation. This helps you keep humidity levels under control, which not only helps maintain the health of your roof, but also helps to keep home heating and cooling costs more manageable.

Without proper attic ventilation, warm and moist air has nowhere to go, creating potentially dangerous attic conditions in the form of condensation, mold and mildew. This, in turn, can make your paint blister and peel, compromise the structural integrity of your attic, create weaknesses in your roof and reduce the efficiency of your insulation.

Another problem that can result from improper attic ventilation is specific to the winter months: ice damming. A lack of attic ventilation can cause ice to build up in your eaves and gutters, which can buckle or fall off under the weight, causing serious and expensive damage to your home.

Bottom line: a well-ventilated attic offers many benefits

  1. It prevents mildew growth and rot on your roof’s framing and sheathing by reducing moisture buildup.
  2. It helps prevent ice dams in winter by keeping your roof colder.
  3. It extends the life of your shingles by keeping the roof cooler in hot weather.
  4. It reduces cooling costs in the warm season.

Improving Attic Ventilation

There are many different options available to provide adequate ventilation to your attic space. The most common are:

  • ridge vents – installed at the peak of a sloped roof, the ridge vent allows damp, warm air to escape from the attic,
  • soffit vents – a vent installed into the underside of your home’s eaves that permits fresh outside air to be drawn up into the attic,
  • gable vents – usually installed on the exterior wall of your attic, gable vents are cheap, easy to maintain, save money, and maximize the area in your roof since you won’t have to waste space and money running a whole-house fan,
  • powered attic fans – most controversial of all vent systems, they’re intended to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents (soffit and gable) and pushing hot air to the outside, but don’t always work as well as intended.

Your roofing contractor will be able to help you select the right option for your home. Remember: more is not necessarily better.

6 Tips For Proper Attic Ventilation

  • Attics should be insulated to R-38, which is about eighteen inches of insulation material.
  • Most building codes require 1 square foot of venting for each 150 square feet of attic space.
  • If there are portions of insulation that have been eroded down, remove it all then install full eighteen inches of new insulation material in its place (instead of simply adding more on top).
  • Homeowners should avoid attic fan ventilators with blocked soffit vents, according to Energy Star. Turbine or fan ventilation systems are unreliable, as their moving parts are sure to break down over time. Soffit and ridge venting systems are a much better solution.
  • Be aware of all soffit vents around the perimeter of the house and take steps to ensure these vents remain unblocked by debris, insulation, or outside materials.
  • Install a thermometer in the attic that can remotely tell you the area’s temperature so you can monitor the situation on an ongoing basis.

Have Your Attic Ventilation Checked

A small investment today can save you thousands of dollars down the road, not to mention hours of inconvenience.

If you’re unsure whether or not you have adequate attic ventilation, or if your attic is not ventilated altogether, contact All Roofing Solutions. We are a reliable, honest and skilled roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Family owned and operated, we serve customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, and are happy to solve all your roofing problems, large and small.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

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