Diagnosing A LeakTo find a leak source, you need to know what water is likely to do. Water will always flow directly down with gravity. Obstructions, skylights and penetrations are the most common leak sources. Start by examining chimneys, skylights, and plumbing vents. Then inspect roof-to-wall transition areas where flashing takes the place of roofing, such as dormers, valleys, and eaves.Many times owners think they have leaks, when actually their roofs just do not have adequate ventilation. Look for algae stains on interior plywood, soaked insulation when it hasn’t rained, and black rings or rust around nails—the first sign that moisture is condensing in attic spaces.Always repair leaks promptly to avoid adverse effects, including mold growth.
Deciding on the proper vent and the amount of ventilation needed is critical. Always consult your local building code for balanced attic ventilation requirements in your area. Not following these requirements may lead to an inefficient system or even weather infiltration. Once you decide on the type of vent that is needed and how much to install, always ensure you install the vent as per written application instructions. Be careful not to cut any attic rafters or wires, and always ensure to properly fasten the vent to prevent blow-off or weather infiltration.Replacing ridge vents requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when replacing ridge vents on your roof. See our Safety section for more details.
If you need to replace a damaged shingle, note that it is easier to remove a shingle that is cool. If the shingle you need to replace is not in the shade, you can cool it down with cold water. After cooling, use a metal pry bar between the shingles to separate them. The sealant should snap or pop loose. Remove the nails from the shingle you are replacing, as well as from the shingle above it (since these nails go through the shingle you are replacing also).Replace the damaged or missing shingles with new shingles of matching color, following the manufacturer’s application instructions. Hand-seal these shingles, since the sealant may not re-seal after being broken.
Since 2003 NorthWest Construction has specialized in all aspects of roofing, including shingles, repairs, storm damage and more. Prior to opening his own company Terry Burke worked in many areas of the roofing industry and in total he has over 25 years of roofing experience and knowledge. Just to the right you'll find a few roof maintenance tips from Terry to help protect your roof.
Your Roofing System is built to protect your home and family from the elements. To ensure that your roof is able to do its job properly for many years to come, it makes good sense to maintain and care for it. Dearborn Roofing Contractor Terry Burke of NorthWest Construction offers a few helpful suggestions for the proper care and maintenance of your roof.
That’s our Slogan, and we put it on everything we do. It’s our mantra and our guiding principle. Your home is probably your biggest investment, and we want to help you protect that investment. We are fussy old guys who do things right. We don’t cut corners. If your home needs additional repairs, we’ll tell you. We take the time to explain why we feel that a particular repair is important. (Kind of the “Spend a little extra now, save a LOT later.”) We’re experienced and pride ourselves in our workmanship. We will treat you like family.