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Roof Leaking ? Causes and Prevention (Metro Atlanta Roofing)

Posted in Roofing Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by HAPS

While many Metro Atlanta Homeowners have had their roof replaced in the past few years as a result of hail damage or wind damage, many stillhave leaks and/or issues with their roof.  In all honesty, most roof leaks occur as a result of the following issues:

  • Flashing, Sealant, or Wood Rot at Chimneys.
  • Flashing issues where roof meets walls.
  • Cracked or rotted Pipe Boots.
  • Poorly sealed or rusted exhaust vents.
  • Missing or Loosely nailed shingles.
  • Nail Pops or Toe Board Holes.
  • Gutter Issues.
  • Improper Roof Installation.

The good news is most of these roof repairs can be performed for a modest cost (as long as they are performed early before major damage occurs).

At the bottom of this article you can see pictures of some of the aforementioned roof issues which have been described.

So what are the early signs of roof leaks?

  1. Brown spots on ceilings.
  2. Dripping sound during rain.
  3. Wet insulation in attic.
  4. Wet spots on wood decking in attic.

Most people don’t realize……..your roof needs regular maintanence just like a car needs an oil change or a person needs a checkup.

While shingles are designed to last 15-40 years, many other components of the roof do not last this long.  The pipe boots (rubber “collars”) which wrap around plumbing pipes (white pipes coming out of your roof) often dry rot after 5-7 years.  Exhaust vents rust or have sealant wear off after a few years.  Exposed nails on the ridge need resealed to prevent rust and/or leaks, ventilation such as turtle vents (black boxes generally on the back of your roof) need resealing,   Additionally, in some instances whoever installed your roof set their nail guns pressure too high or too low causing nails to either “shoot” through the shingle or pop out causing lift or holes in the shingle.

Our “Roof Tuneup” is the ideal solution to not only stop leaks, but to PREVENT leaks and maintain the life of your roof.

With the roof tuneup we:

  1. Inspect your roof for overall condition.
  2. Repair, reseal, or replace pipe boots.
  3. Repair, reseal, and paint your exhaust vents.
  4. Make minor repairs to flashing at chimneys, where walls meet roof, etc.
  5. Repair or reseal turtle vents or power vents.
  6. Reseal all exposed nails.
  7. Repair and seal all nail pops.
  8. Repair and/or seal toe board holes.
  9. Replace up to 10 missing shingles
  10. Seal all chimney caps.

The roof tuneup works.  We recommend a roof tuneup every 3-5 years until your entire roof needs replacing.  Of course if a major hail storm or wind storm occurs or if a tree/tree limb falls on your house you should have an inspection of your roof performed soon thereafter to determine if storm damage has occured on your roof.

If your roof is leaking or if your roof is at least 5 years old you can call HapsAtlanta at 404-933-6610 to schedule an inspection of your roof or you can fill out a request form for a roof inspection at http://homeassetprotectionservices.com/Contact.html

Exhaust Vent Rusting & Cracked Seal

Cracking Pipe jack / boot

Missing Shingle & Poorly Sealed Vent