Your Top Choice for Roof Replacement & Repairs
The best way to prevent roof leaks is to get more education about what causes a roof leak. The best way to get roof leak repairs done is to call your local roofer, Chief Roofing Inc. Many homeowners don’t realize they have problems until they see a stain on the ceiling. By then, damage may have already occurred. Let’s first go over how to prevent the need for roof leak repairs.
Pipe Boots / Vents
Our number one call for roof leak repairs is for leaks in the bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen. These roof leaks are usually coming from the plumbing pipes or the air vents.
The corrosion or deterioration of the pipe flashing allows water to seep through into the interior. Improper installation of pipe boots and static vents can also result in future leaks.
When a new roof is installed, new accessories like the boots and vents should be installed as well. Pipe boots deteriorate with age and should be replaced with each roof replacement.
Improper flashing can allow water to leak down beside the chimney. Brick chimneys should have step and/or counter flashing installed. If the chimney is anywhere but at the peak of the roof, there should be a cricket (triangle tent) on the high side where the stack meets the roof.
Any chimney width longer than 30” should possess a cricket. Without it, water pools at the base of the chimney. Leaks that occur inside the chimney are usually related to the chimney cap. Chief Roofing Inc. fabricates and installs new caps which help divert water from running down the sides of the structure.
Brick and stone chimneys can also be problematic; the mortar can eventually start to absorb water if not sealed over time. Our company can service this problem by pressure cleaning and sealing the chimneys to ensure water will not seep through the mortar and past the flashing system.
The metal strips that create a barrier between the roof and transitions and/or penetrations at the walls, skylights or chimneys are called flashings. Roof leak repairs can be necessary when flashing become corroded, cracked or when the flashing is just missing altogether.
The sealant can also deteriorate around the nails. Nails can then back out and cause leaks. This allows water to seep under shingles. Chief Roofing Inc. includes installation of new steel flashing for skylights, brick chimneys, walls, and dormers in our estimates for new roofs. At Chief Roofing Inc. we use government style installation for all penetrations. Help prevent the need for roof leak repairs and make sure your roofer does not use exposed nails for penetrations.
When Chief Roofing Inc. puts on a new roof, we always remove the existing roof system down to the wood decking underneath. Anytime a roof is installed, the decking needs to be inspected for loose sheathing nails, rotten wood, and most importantly, dry rotted wood.
Nails will not hold in a substandard sheathing. They will back out and can cause leaks no matter how new the shingles are. If the decking is worn out, it will not look or perform correctly no matter how new the shingles are. Some roof leak repairs could be prevented simply by replacing damaged decking during a new roof installation.
Wind, hail, freezing temperatures, and applied pressure like walking on the roof can damage your shingles. Shingles can exhibit cracking, curling, blistering, warping, disintegration, and delamination.
Shingles can also be loose or just missing. If you notice any of these, you should have a professional roofer examine your roof for potential leaks. Repairing or replacing a few shingles today could prevent the need for roof leak repairs later.
Hail can create a bruise that can crack the underlying membrane and shingles to allow water to seep into your home.
You may not notice a leak immediately after a storm, but it will show up over time. Chief Roofing Inc. has trained and experienced professionals to determine the extent of hail and storm damage to roofs and will work with your insurance company in the process of replacement with such claims.
Preventing Roof Damage Before It Happens
The number one method to prevent roof leaks is keeping your roof clean and healthy. Just doing this will go a long way toward preventing the need for roof leak repairs. You should have regular cleanings for both the roof and gutters.
Gutter guards help keep the gutters clear, but even they need cleaning maintenance. We suggest 2 to 3 times a year, especially in the fall. Routine inspections help as well; you should have your roof inspected by a professional roofer every 3 to 4 years.
Whenever there is a hail storm or high winds in your area, you should have your roof inspected immediately after. A roof inspection can make roof leak repairs unnecessary. Go to our Cleaning and Inspection pages for more information.
Emergency Roof Repair You Can Depend On
Weather conditions like high winds and heavy storms that involve falling debris, as well as pests like squirrels and raccoons can cause damage to your residential roof. A single leak in your roof can result in extensive damage to ceilings, paint, carpets as well as furniture and other personal belongings.
We care about our customers, and we want to help you get the roof repairs you need right away to protect your family and your possessions.
Chief Roofing Inc. is the solution for your roof emergencies. With just one simple phone call, we'll come to your house and help you assess roof damage, create a plan for roof repairs and then begin restoring roof integrity, swiftly, efficiently and safely. Here are some of our residential roof repair services:
- Replacement of damaged roof shingles
- Replacement of missing roof shingles
- Installation of custom chimney saddles
- Installation of re-flash chimneys
- Installation of custom metal pans in valleys