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StarStryker11 12-21-2012 11:57 AM

Leaking from somewhere..... HELP!!!
I had just recently discovered that my roof is leaking after a really heavy rain and wind storm. My wife noticed the paint on the corner of the ceiling is starting to peel. I looked closer and I can see where the paint is beginning to bubble in spots. My ceiling starts flat then shoot up at a 45 deg. angle for about 35 feet following the shape of the roof until it peaks. The leak is on the corner of the flat connecting to the 45 deg angle. It's a split level home.
I poked a hole in the largest bubble, but got nothing. There has never been any water escaping around area. This is also in a location that the roof joins together and creates a channel for the rain... If that makes any sense.
I went up into the attic and can see a little bit of water damage on the roof beam, but from all I can see, that is the extent of it. Have not had any issues other than it is an eye sore in that spot.
Is this a common issue in heavy rain and wind storms? Does it sound like the entire roof needs replaced or just shingles? Is there something I can put up there other than a plastic camo tarp to get me through the winter?

Gymschu 12-21-2012 12:29 PM

Star, this is one of those cases where a picture is worth a thousand words. It's near impossible to figure out a possible entry point for water without a pic. Of course, do it safely from the ground. With a picture, the expert roofers on here can give you at least some idea of what the problem is.

GrahamPorter 12-21-2012 12:30 PM

I had a leak as well similar to yours with a flat meeting the 45. then you mentiined damage at the inner peak.
answer for both, tear it all off, replace any and all damaged wood, install "Ice and Water" shield at around $65. lay Ice n Water shield at recommended areas, the entute perimeter, and in the valley, and for good measure, on the peak
Then tar paper and shingle with 25year plus, and since you're there flashing and drip-edge the entire roof, then when you install new roofing shingles use the longer shank roofing nail, the roof is no time to get cheap. make sure you Double-Nail your shingles and before you shingle make sure you tar where the metal meets the
wood, metal, and Ice n Shield. Make sure to usr a Premium Roof Vent and tar all surfaces, both sides. All this is over kill, but guaranteed your roof will last beyond state life time of the shingle. And for good measure install a new fascia and vent the entite roof. and since you'rr there, I know you'll look at the inside of the roof, make sure there is 50 inches of insulation or 5 inches of 2 pound Spray foam. You're welcome.

StarStryker11 12-21-2012 12:47 PM

I was afraid that was going to be the conclusion. Very descriptive. Ill try to get pics out too

jagans 12-21-2012 12:48 PM

Gym is absolutely correct. Pictures. But we need pictures up on the roof. When you say flat, be specific. Flat is dead level. You need a water proof roofing system below 2/12. That is a system that is capable of withstanding hydrostatic pressure. You can also need this in Gussets, and sometimes valleys under the right (Wrong) conditions. Snow over slush etc. Pictures pictures pictures. Start wide and work your way in. Take from all angles, and post. Tie off your ladder, and extend 3 ft. over edge min. Good Luck. If its too steep for you just shoot from ladder.

bigfishcatcher3 12-21-2012 03:10 PM

Without a picture it is hard to guess the cause of leak. If your damage is at the bottom of your vaulted ceiling the water could be running down the top of you ceiling to your angle change and then as it sits there is causes the visible damage you see from below. Look for places where wind driven rain could cause leaks. Siding, Roof vents or any other possibilites. Could be something simple and may not require complete roof replacement.

joecaption 12-21-2012 04:34 PM

In most cases we do not care to see a bunch of pictures of the damage inside.
Most often close ups do no good.

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