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Old 08-21-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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I live in Florida and have a Divosta built "cookie cutter" style home. The roof consists of half barrel roof tiles orange in color. This is my problem - Just above the garage door there is a leak in the roof between the two two roof trusses. The plywood sub roofing has rotted away leaving a 18 inch circumference hole in the plywood. I can see the hole when I go up in the garage attic space. When it rains the water flows into the hollow eave just above the garage door. What I did was drill three holes in the underneath portion of the eave outside to let it drain. I want to repair the damaged plywood myself. Do you think this is a do-it yourself type job. I'm handy but never attempted a roof repair before. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Post a picture of the roof tile please

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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Here are some links and embedded pics. I added captions in the links to indicate the location of the leak.
Thanks for your help.

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We have some top pro roofers here----lets see if we can keep this post active until one or more check in---Mike----(roofing is not my area of expertise)
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:16 AM   #5
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My guess would be that the valley right above your gutter doesn't extend far enough down.. Or, your gutter is dumping water right where you can see that cut tile below the overhang.. To me it looks like the valley is dumping right where that tile is cut.. If you could take a picture of the bottom of the valley would be helpful..
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Or they didn't install that step flashing along your fascia right.. That being it doesn't drain out and over the preceding tile..
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You should call a roofer.

The only way to fix this is to remove the tiles and trace the leak to the source and correct the problem. You won’t save any money by just by replacing the piece of plywood yourself.
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That valley appears to dumping water under the tiles. This is not a DIY project! Half that roof area and the valley may need to be removed to fix the 18" of rot. No telling where this will stop from the pix.
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Thanks all. After thinking this through I think I'll call a roofing company to take a look at it. I think this will be too much for me to tackle. Thanks again!
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Thanks all. After thinking this through I think I'll call a roofing company to take a look at it. I think this will be too much for me to tackle. Thanks again!
Call thee, four, or more. Feel free to post their opinions for a solution here and we’ll help you at least weed out the incompetents anyway.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #11
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Finally got a quote for the repair to fix the leak. Looks like they have to remove a 7ft square part of the roof and lay down new plywood and reset the clay tiles. He said he would try and save as many tiles as possible. Also, an 8 ft section of the fascia board is rotted and needs to be replaced. total cost $1500. What you think?
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Sounds very reasonable--If the guy has the skills go for it.
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Your tiles are called a Spanish "S" tile. The price you got sounds reasonable. Did they mention putting a flashing where the wall and roof meet? That is a very vulnerable area of a roof. Many roof failures are due to improper flashings. Also ask what material they will be putting over the new plywood. Remember, your tiles are just decorative...it's what's underneath that counts!! Ask for a warranty. Repairs are a big money maker for roofers and if done by a reputable company, will usually give a 6 month to a 1 year guarantee.

Due your due diligence...Florida is notorious for jackleggers and anyone that's been on a roof for 1 day thinks they're an experienced roofer....just waiting for an opportunity like yours. I am in the trade in your area....so I know what's around.

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Sounds more than reasonable. Make sure they check/redo the step flashing as Horseygirl mentioned.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the advice. I went with a very reputable company here in south Florida. They did a great job. Started and finished this past Friday. These two guys were real pros. Not one of the tiles had to be replaced - they saved them all and reset them back on the roof. I would mention the company's name but I don't know if this is allowed on this forum?

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