Your chimney has several locations that may require a roof repair. The likelihood of a problem depends on how well the original roofing installation was done. Your chimney has four sides, and each side has flashing, which is what protects the line where the side of the chimney meets the roof. In addition, each of those four sides could have a different type of flashing, depending on where the chimney is located. Even the tiniest crack that allows water to get in behind the flashing can turn into a serious roof leak. This is why the chimney is one of the first places we check.
Another possible location for needing repair, a plumbing vent has to actually come out through a hole in the roof. Whenever a hole is made in the roof, it has to be sealed properly. In some cases, such as a plumbing vent, the hole could be sealed fine at the time of installation, but then the rubber boot around the vent pipe can become hardened or cracked over time and become compromised.
We can spot this pretty quickly once we are up on the roof. Every missing or damaged shingle is one less layer of protection between your house and the rain. Every shingle is important, so if one or several are missing it is definitely time for a roof repair.
This is not actually a problem caused by a faulty roof or a bad installation. Here in Florida we can have strong winds and rain, and the rain can literally be blowing sideways. This happens most often in the summer. Your roofing material is designed to divert water that comes from above, not from the side. When rain is blowing strongly, it can be driven up and under your shingles. At that point, the only thing between the rain and your house is a layer of tar paper. This type of roof repair usually just means replacing any shingles that were compromised. If part of your roof normally faces the wind, we would also fasten down the shingles on the edge with some roofing cement. This minimizes the chances of the same thing happening again.
This is one of the most common roof leak occurrences, and is most likely to happen if your asphalt shingle roof is more than 15 or 20 years old. That’s getting up in years for asphalt shingles, especially under our strong Florida sun. We can look at the roof and see if it makes sense to repair the location of the leak, or if it would be more cost effective to replace the roof.
In a shingle roof, you might find that a shingle nail has somehow backed itself out and cut through the top shingle. You would be surprised at how much water can enter in through that one little nail hole. Over time this can mean quite a bit of water damage; catching it early is a cheap fix.
Flashing is the metal piece that seals up the area where the roof meets a vertical surface, such as a chimney or a wall. If this is not installed properly, water will find a way in eventually. Nails can also work themselves out of flashing.
Commercial roof repairs require specialized knowledge and skills. There are several different types of roofs that can be in use in a commercial or industrial setting, and each requires a specific approach. At Rooftop Solutions we are experts in handling South Florida roof repairs for commercial buildings.
A very common type of commercial roofing, built-up is used on buildings with flat roofs, or low-slope roofs. Built-up incorporates bitumen, a material of a thick black substance that resembles tar. Bitumen helps to laminate several layers of roofing material together (these layers are called felts). A coat of asphalt or other surface material is placed on top. South Florida roof repair on built-up roofing requires cutting out the damaged felt area, replacing it with a section of uncompromising felt, and then adding another layer on top. Between each layer roofing cement acts as a sealant.
Today, about half of newly constructed commercial buildings include metal roofing materials. Metal is highly regarded, it lasts a long time, requires very little maintenance (sometime none), and it exudes a professional look. When the Rooftops Solutions team performs metal roof repairs, we cut out the damaged area, and clean the repair spot carefully. We take a matching metal “patch” of the same color, cut larger than the original spot, and seal it into place with a brick to weigh it down. Then, we solder each edge. After that, we use another, larger metal patch than the one we just used. Then we apply roofing cement to coat the entire area.
The biggest advantage of using asphalt shingles is their affordability. Companies like the relative low cost, the durability that shingles provide, and a wide variety of colors and styles. When you start noticing some leaking inside the building (or watermarks at the top of some of the walls), that’s a sign of a potential roof repair. For commercial properties, it’s a good idea to inspect the roof annually for any problems, so that the repairs can be done before any leaking begin. If it’s just a curled or torn shingle or two, we can repair or replace the shingles relatively easily. If the roof shows signs of cracked or severely damaged shingles, or missing shingles, the roof is likely nearing the end of its useful life.