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COMMON ROOFING PROBLEMS OFTEN SEEN BY A BUSY ROOFING CONTRACTOR What Are Some of The Most Common residential Roof Problems? There are many factors that can cause roof leaks and common roof problems. Most of the time the main cause of roof leaks or common problems with a roof all boils down to poor workmanship. It can be that a person who installed a roof just has very little roofing knowledge or he may have been taught to install a roof improperly which in many cases the person will remain confident that he or she actually knows what they are doing. It may well be that a person only cares about making a quick buck rather than the workmanship performed. Whatever the case may be there are many types of roofing problems that are commonly known to most roofing contractors. Most roofing contractors receive hundreds of calls each year about roofing problems and situations that have the same direct cause. PIPE COLLARS Most of the time when a homeowner contacts a roofing contractor over the phone and describes a roof leak in a bathroom area then it is safe to assume that the leak is coming from a pipe boot around a plumbing vent that allows airflow into the plumbing system for a toilet to flush. On occasion, a bathroom fan connected to a vent pipe up through a roof could also be the cause of a roof leak but eighty percent of bathroom leaks come from a pipe collar. On most newly built homes building contractors have the plumbers supply the pipe collars for the roofers to install and they will purchase the cheap plastic pipe collars that are generated by the sun rather quickly. Aluminum pipe collars are much better because the ring that goes around the pipe is made out of a much more durable EPDM rubber material. Lead pipe boots are even better as they cover the entire pipe and last for many years. With more and more modern technology coming to the roofing industry there are now some companies that make high-quality pipe flashings that can last a lifetime such as PermaBoot or The Ultimate Pipe Flashing made by Lifetime Tool. SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS AND FLASHING PROBLEMS The most common problem that any roof penetration has is that the corners are not wrapped with flashing in a correct way. Almost every common type of roof problem on residential homes comes down to a corner that is improperly wrapped with step flashing. Skylights, walls, and chimneys all have corners that have to be wrapped properly for proper waterproofing. VALLEYS Valleys have a very heavy accumulation of rainwater so it is very important that they are installed properly. There are three main ways that valleys are done depending on the area that you live in. In colder climates, valley metal is installed so that snow and ice can not grip to the smooth surface of the metal and cause an obstruction. One of the best ways to install a valley is to weave the shingles from both sides...
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SOME ROOFING PRODUCTS AND INSTALLATION METHODS Every house must really have a sturdy, watertight roof that ensures protection from severe weather conditions like a hurricanes, snow storms, thunderstorms, extreme heat, etc. Whether it is a residential home or commercial building, correctly installed roofing systems keep people across the United States safe and dry from the harsh elements while also helping to insulate homes from the heat and cold. Your roof is very important because it is essential to the protection of your framing and wood that makes up your home. Without it your family would be exposed to harmful mold which is a major health hazard for you and your loved ones. There are many types of roofing systems that are made for both residential or commercial properties that are in America. Both commercial and residential structures serve a different purpose and some require a different process to build in some cases. Each type of building uses many types of roofing materials to make them impervious to moisture. INSTALLATION METHODS There are many different types of commercial roofing systems and also different methods of installation when low sloped roofing systems are involved. MECHANICALLY-ATTACHED SYSTEMS Mechanically attached systems are a system which involves a method of only attaching the roof with screws termination bar or also known as batten bar for flat roof membranes. This method I would never suggest as many roofs have blown off due to high winds. Many roofing contractors will install a EPDM rubber roof using this method and they are not well attached or storm-resistant as rubber membranes are not as strong as TPO. FULLY ADHERED ROOFING SYSTEMS A fully adhered roofing system is much more superior to any other method of roof installation. A fully adhered roofing application method is the process of gluing down the roofing membrane to the sub straight. Oil base glue is usually the best option to use on a fully adhered roofing system however it is much harder to work with. You install membrane systems with using oil base glue by gluing both sides of the application. You glue the substrate whether you are gluing directly to the decking or insulation and peel back the membrane then only glue small sections at a time so that there is a less chance of an error or trapped wrinkle. There is also a wait factor where you must wait for the glue to get tacky before you start installing the membrane. BALLAST ROOFING SYSTEMS Ballast roofing systems use large river rock to weight down the roof and also preserve the membrane by reflecting UV rays from the sun. This method of installing a roof has a great liability and the potential of causing property damage or human harm when the rocks fall from the roof. You save on the glue but it takes much more manpower and labor time to install. DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOW SLOPED ROOFING SYSTEMS Many different types of low sloped roofing products are used on both residential and commercial roofs located around the USA....