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Old 12-23-2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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About three 3 years after a damaging hail storm, we had our entire roof replaced on a 9-year old 2-story house. Since then, we have had a leak problem whenever we get a big snowstorm. We have no problem with it in the rainy season.

The leak occurs at the corner of the house where the South and West walls meet the porch and attached garage roof. I can climb up in the garage attic and look under the porch roof and see ice running down oxboard at the point where the two walls meet. As it warms we get damage to the drywall in the garage. The roofer has been back twice and re-caulked. It didnít work. The garage attic is not well insulated. However if it were an insulation problem why do I only get a link in one place only?


Any ideas as to the cause and possible solutions would be most appreciated.

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Old 12-24-2008, 06:43 AM   #2
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We need detailed pics of the roof area in question to attempt to answer you properly.


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It's difficult to reply with just that picture.

As far as insulation in garage or porch crawl spaces/attics,
neither need any so long as neither have forced heat.

Southern exposure gets all the winter months sun thus a lot of melting,
northern exposure gets very little sun thus a lot setting ice,
so the snow on the south side is melting and traveling toward the gutters,
than is caught up in the northern exposure section and re-melts before it has a chance to reach the gutters, thus ice damns form and begins pushing precipt- side ways 'against the grain of the shingles' and once it hits a wall or valley it backs up over the wall/valley safe zone and gets under the shingles,
and makes it's way through the decking joints, fasteners, etc.

Caulking is an extremely non-likely solution to your problem.

If you can get more pics of both the interior and exterior problem area,
we could probably give some suggestions.
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