Steep Roof Leaks
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Check all the leak area penetrations for damage or holes.
Check for nails that did not get covered by the next row of roofing material. When they are exposed for a while, they may rust and make a hole that could cause leaks. These nails are easy to spot because they shine, and roofers call them shiners.
Damaged mortar can be the cause of leaks even though it is rare, so check the mortar on parapet walls and chimneys.
Cracks along the tops of a stucco facade wall can be another source of leaks.
When gutter details or edge details are improperly installed, they can cause water to back up over the fascia and run along the soffit. It can then run down along the inside of the wall and enter the building. Clear out any debris from the gutters and ensure that all drain details are working properly.
When you have carefully checked your roof without finding anything wrong, inspect the ceiling space or attic because you may have a plumbing problem instead. If you have a commercial building with fire sprinkler lines running along the attic space, a leak in those lines could mimic a roof leak. If that is the problem, there may be leaks when it has not been raining.
A poorly designed HVAC unit may have a faulty pan in it and allow water to get into a building when it rains.
Check for areas where leaves and branches gather or other debris accumulates because water flow may be blocked and back up under roofing material. This frequently occurs in valleys or behind chimneys.
Got a problem? Jim can help determine why a roof experiences recurring leak problems. Jim can even offer legal assistance by standing as an expert witness if needed.
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Jim Hall's Favorite Kinds of Roofs
Unique building projects cause unique concerns and solutions. Even similar building just yards apart can be affected differently by the sun, trees, weather . . . and nature in general.
Here are just a few types of roofing Jim consults for (if you mix in the different types of materials with the styles of roof you'll get dozens or even hundreds of type):
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