Roof & Siding Repair
No one wants water pouring into their home from a thunderstorm. We use top quality materials and experienced professionals to identify the issues and solve them as quickly as possible.
Diagnosing roof repairs can seem daunting, that's why it is so important to have professionals do an inspection and analyze what potential issues could be and where leaks could be coming from. When you have a leak it can be from a large number of situations. By process of elimination we typically can accurately diagnose where a leak has originated and fix the issue.
Some examples of roof repairs would be blown off shingles, leaking chimneys, flashings, pipes, ridge vents, shingles, or even rotten wood. We will also repair siding although that is almost always from wind blowing it off.
One thing to keep in mind when looking for a good roofing contractor is what their plan of action is to remediate the situation. While many contractors bid a low price, it comes at a great cost. Not having a leak fixed properly is extremely costly because you have to pay for another repair and possibly extensive interior damage from the water that has entered the home.
Many roofing issues are simple fixes, while others are not. Here are a few examples.
Chimney flashing has traditionally been done by step flashing, nailing, and caulking the aluminum or copper to the brick chimney. The superior method involves custom bending a single piece per side and cutting into the chimney so that the flashing can be tight fit inside. On the left you can see an old, leaking chimney. On the right we are installing razor sharp flashing that will never, ever leak again. To do this right takes a lot of time.
Why do some shingles blow off in strong winds and others don't? To start, most shingles that blow off are a 20 year three tab shingle. Once the seal wears out the shingles have little resistance and will snap off in strong winds. Many contractors will only replace the shingles that have blown off but it's incredibly important to replace the ones directly above and below the blown off shingles. That's because those will have weakened from the other ones having blown off. If it is not done correctly, they will also blow off and it will cost even more. As you can see on the right, it's the same roof. If done properly with color matching shingles, you won't even tell that they were ever replaced.
Another very common source of leaking are pipe flashings, also known as pipe collars. The typical pipe flashing is a cheap aluminum with a rubber boot which will dry out in the sun and crack over time. They are usually caulked as well which does not help matters. We install a high quality lifetime pipe boot with a steel skirt and sun resistant silicone boot. This flashing will last as long as the roof and is custom fit so no caulk is necessary. Pictures below are not the same roof but it demonstrates well what poor flashing that leaks looks like on the left, versus what we install on the right.
Here below is another example except with a metal roof, this pipe boot was leaking and for obvious reasons. We custom fit a quality boot around it and the problem was solved.
Ridge Vent & Capping
I see many roofs both new and old with either NO ridge vent or cheaply installed ridge vent. While the cheap ventilation is better than nothing, it's still usually installed with the same 1 1/4" nails used to install the roof shingles and this is not correct. It's done that way because it's faster to use the nail gun but to prevent wind blowing off the shingles as you see in these photos, 2 1/2" or longer nails need to be used to fasten down the ridge. We also install high ventilation ridge vent which is both stronger and offers more air flow to the attic space.
Your Repair EXPERTS
Below, our project manager Daniel installs a pipe boot and some underlayment for a small flat roof we installed to fix a leak.
At Spirit Contractors, we are roof and siding repair experts you can rely on. If you have a leak or notice a potential problem with your home, don't hesitate to call us or wait until it's too late. Give us a call and a friendly consultant will be in touch to find a solution!