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UML
Help with ongoing roof problems

Our daughter and son in law have a 1960's two story house with a steep pitched roof. The south side of the house seems to be the cause of the repeated leaks that seep into the kitchen, twice ruining a new ceiling -each time after work has been professionally done on their roof. Once was a complete reroof with commercial grade underlayment and the second was a redo of the shingles on the same side. Attic insulation ash been redone, energy audits for venting have been conducted all to no avail.

We have had a warm winter in MN with rain - and yes a leak in the kitchen. No rhyme or reason, just random leaks and now holes in the kitchge ceiling.

Any helpful advice would be useful. It has been seven years.
Thanks in advance !

dj1
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

UML,

I hear you, but with the very limited relevant information you provided, I don't think I can recommend on something I don't see.

You had 2 roofers work on the roof and a lot of damage, but since I don't know anything about the jobs they did, the only thing I can say is: get the roof inspected yet by additional contractors and listen to their assessments.

Roofing basics are not that complicated, roofing work has to follow a sequence to make a roof tight. If you have leaks, something was not done correctly. Let the other roofers tell you what it is.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems
dj1 wrote:

UML,
If you have leaks, something was not done correctly. Let the other roofers tell you what it is.

This exactly. The only acceptable reasons for a roof to leak is damage or the end of a roofing material's usable life. Somebody didn't do the job right twice. Unfortunately darn few roofers these days are much more than shingle-slappers so the next crew probably won't be much better. Wish I could offer you more than "Good Luck".

Phil

UML
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

Thanks much for your replies. The roof was done once by an experienced contractor who the following winter redid a section with the commercial underlayment - and still the leaks. The second was a redo by again an experienced roofer whose company is now bankrupt.

The first roofer did our roof twice, second time installed multiple skylights and we have not had any issues.

Thanks though. I agree, it is difficult to diagnose something when it hasn't been seen.
Happy New Year,
Uml

MichaelInOr
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

Start at where the leaks appear in the ceiling then work your way back to wear the water is entering the house. If the roof was redone twice maybe the problem isn't the roof and the water is coming from else where. Replacing the roof yet again without identifying the point of entry for the water probably will not correct the issue... yet again.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

Flashing and vent-pipe sealing is a part of the whole roofing system. Often that is where leaks originate and rarely will a "roofer" accept responsibility for not addressing these areas correctly. Even though it's their job to do that. As I said, they are almost all just "shingle-slappers" nowadays because they have to price that low to stay in business as most people now buy on price alone since they too do not know any better.

There is no reason for a roof to leak which cannot be resolved through proper design, proper mayterial selection, and proper working techniques being incorporated into the roofing job as they should be. It's just finding someone who still does that- and i know of none since I stopped doing roofing because of my back going bad.

Phil

dj1
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

"No rhyme or reason, just random leaks and now holes in the kitchen ceiling."

UML, let me ask you this: are there any pipes (fresh water, drain) over the kitchen?

jjr123
Re: Help with ongoing roof problems

Roofing problems are a big headache if you don't get help from right people. Next time when you select a roofing contractor make sure that you read all the reviews properly. And select a suitable material according to the weather condition at your place.I recently read a blog about how to extend roof life. When I selected Empire roofing to redo roof of my chicken coop they explained very well about different types of roofs and their cons and pros. If you have a warm weather i guess flat roofs will be okay to use as you don't have to worry about water stagnation and all.

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