Mysterious Leaking Roof... Suggestions? - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-29-2006, 01:10 PM   #1
Property Manager/Landlord
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 43
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


A year after we bought our home, we noticed water damage in the drywall on our second floor (vaulted ceiling, so no attic). I liberally coated the roof (asphault shingles) with a heavy aluminum coating. All was well for a while. No leaks.

Some months went by, and we had a heavy rain and the water just rushed in. Seemed to start at the peak and run down the old rafters and stopped at the walls. So I now have a water stain from the peak to the walls. Lovely. Just lovely.

I do a solid inspection of the roof paying exta attention to the roof cap, thinking there might have been a loose shingle. All is solid, nothing noticable that would allow water into the house. As mentioned, this roof was heavily coated and well sealed!!

Now, our home is older and has a slight slope in the center of the roof. I noticed that during certain long-term rain fall that no water leaks in. But during other rains, the water gushes in. Could it be that I have a leak near the gable-end of the home and the water follows the main header into the center of my home and then follows that rafter down to the wall?

Since the roof is solid, I am convinced that there is another avenue that the water is sneaking in. Any suggestions or comments appreciated.

steve

Advertisement

AlbrightPM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 02:34 PM   #2
World famous jerk.
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: central PA
Posts: 440
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


You coated an asphalt shingle roof with aluminium roof coating? And you're surprised it leaks? Tsk-tsk.

My suggestion is to replace the roof and quit monkeying around slathering crap on top of it.

Advertisement

mdshunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 03:25 PM   #3
747
registered
 
747's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Illinois (kankakee county)
Posts: 1,345
Rewards Points: 526
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


You turn a bad stituation into a worst stituation. I don't understand why you would have coated that roof. My advice is ripped that roof off and replace it. Unfortunately depending on the size of your house a 30 year shingle is going to probably run in around 3500.
747 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 04:04 PM   #4
Master Craftsman
 
Big Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Southwest Mo.
Posts: 289
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


I totally agree with the other two. Caulking or tar or whatever it is has no place on a roof. 99.9% of the time it will just cause it to leak worse or make the problem harder to find. Replace the roof or at least hire a professional to look at it.

Another thing you could do is to cut a patch out of the ceiling since it is ruined anyway and wait for the next rain and try to follow the leak and see where it is coming from.
__________________
Do one thing at a time, do it well, then move on.
www.bigdaveswoodworks.com
Big Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: KC Metro
Posts: 88
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


This might help!

http://buildscanir.com/index.php
stuccoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 09:47 PM   #6
Property Manager/Landlord
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 43
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


Quote:
Originally Posted by mdshunk View Post
You coated an asphalt shingle roof with aluminium roof coating? And you're surprised it leaks? Tsk-tsk.
I should clarify... it's meant for asphalt roofs, but has that aluminum goop in it that reflects the heat. Sorry...


steve
AlbrightPM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2006, 09:59 PM   #7
Building inspector
 
inspects's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Scottsdale, AZ.
Posts: 37
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


Quote:
Originally Posted by AlbrightPM View Post
Seemed to start at the peak and run down the old rafters and stopped at the walls. So I now have a water stain from the peak to the walls. Lovely. Just lovely.
Is water coming in a ridge vent?
inspects is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2006, 11:44 AM   #8
Commercial Flat Roofing
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 56
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


No need for clarification on the roof coating.

Roof coating (aluminum or not) is for flat roofs, not shingles.
Talos4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2006, 11:47 PM   #9
Property Manager/Landlord
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 43
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Mysterious leaking roof... Suggestions?


Shows how ignorant I am about roofs. I typically don't touch anything on the exterior. This was my own home and I went by some alleged "wisdom" from the older generations.

Thanks for the advise and suggestions.

steve

Advertisement

AlbrightPM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
leaking tar and gravel roof meleis Roofing/Siding 9 01-05-2008 11:27 PM
Leaking roof -recommend a roof coating? Faust Roofing/Siding 5 07-12-2007 11:09 PM
Flat roof - Rolled? - leaks Advice? JJ2001 Roofing/Siding 4 11-19-2006 07:17 AM
Help- leaking flat roof, alum?metal? xoroniox Roofing/Siding 1 04-24-2006 12:03 PM
Seller covered bad roof up, suggestions? imetal Roofing/Siding 11 03-05-2006 09:03 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts