I bought my house about three and a half years ago and had a brand new
composite shingle roof put on it. After some recent rain storms, I
noticed some discoloration in an area of acoustic ceiling, which I
assume is a sure sign of a roof leak. The wrinkle is that my roofer
has since moved away, and I'm not even sure he's still doing roofing
as a profession. How long is the warranty on most roofs? Do I even
have a course of action if my roofer is no longer in business, or am I
Thanks in advance.
If you know the manufacturer of the shingles you can call them if you
believe that defective shingles are the cause. They will send someone out
if they are still in business. If shingles look ok it is probably a
flashing problem or if you have a brick house with brick walls sitting on a
roof (2nd floor smaller than first) the brick wall is defectively installed.
The materials (shingles) are most likely covered. However, a failure
after less than four years is remote.
The most likely problem, IMO, would be a flashing problem. That would
point to the roofer and even if you could find him, I doubt if you could
hold him for repairs. Even if you could the cost of doing it would likely
make it not worth the effort.
Unless you have some sort of written warrantee from the roofer, I would
just get someone out to take a look at it and give you an estimate on the
cost. The good point is it may not cost all that much to fix.
BTW it is possible it is not a roof leak. What those possibilities are
depend on the construction of your home.
You mean the state officials will come out and repair the roof? If the
roofer moved away and is out of business, the OP is screwed. Best bet is to
find the cause of the leak first. It may not be the fault of the original
roofer. Other things can happen over a few years. If the roofing material
is defective, the manufacturer will take care of the repairs.
most contractors will warranty workmanship for just one year. If the roof
didn't leak for the first 3 years I wouldn't think that the shingle
installation wasn't the problem anyhow. shingles are warranted between 20 &
40 years but read the small print on the package, if they find one nail on
the whole roof penetrated the shingle anywhere but in that one inch strip of
tar embedded in the shingle , the warranty is void. in other words the
shingle warranty & 39 cents can get your happy meal supersized.
my guess on the leak is that:
A) you had ice dams last winter & water backed up under the shingles on an
over hang or cricket or valley,
B) previous high winds have pulled some shingles or flashing up or away from
C) it was a driving rain that blew in from some direction
D) your gutters need cleaning
E) a tree branch has damaged your shingles
need I continue?
Need more info. Note where the leak is in relationship to an outside wall.Go
out and check that same area, and above it, for any appurtenances (things that
stick out of the roof's surface). Have it checked by a "real" roofer, one that
KNOWS how to flash (flashing instructions are on every bundle!) for flashing
probs, and a general field check for fastener misplacement. Tom
Someday, it'll all be over....
We had a similar issue on our 9 year old house. We were having some bathroom
work done and hte contractor looked at it for us. The roof jacks which are
the covers around pipe penetations in the roof. They seal the gap around the
pipe had cracks in the rubber. Silicone caulk and the leak was fixed. They
used to use lead roof jacks, and now use these worthless rubber things.
Contractor said the price difference is only a few bucks a piece. I guess if
you are ahome builder and building hundreds of home then a few bucks times a
few thousand is a bunch of bucks.
New home builders do indeed use the flashings with a neoprene seal.
For exactly the reason you stated. You would be time, effort, and
money ahead to have all the original plumbing vent flashings with the
neoprene seals removed and lead flashings installed. Save yourself
headaches and hassles in the long run to take care of a problem you
know is there already and will only get worse since they all will leak
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