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Old 09-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Roof repair code question

Looking at a house with a leaking roof. It has been leaking for a few weeks, but the recent storm actually brought an entire shingle down to the ground. Looking at the roof, where the shingle is missing, bare wood sheathing is exposed. There is no evidence of any missing felt anywhere.

So assuming there is no felt on that roof, my question is, is it even an option - code-wise - to repair the shingle on that roof? What are the options that would be allowed by building codes other than reroofing the whole house?


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Old 09-23-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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Sounds like a can of worms to me.
Really need some picture to try and guess what else was done wrong.
Tar paper on a roof is roofing 101, if they skipped that step what did they do wrong?
If it's been leaking for a while now the sheathing, rafters, insulation, sheetrock and even the flooring may now be damaged.


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Old 09-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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Your local building inspectors would be able to answer your question. I've certainly seen roofs installed without an underlay, mostly on new construction.

Sounds like the roof is at the end of its lifespan. You should either have it replaced before buying or negotiate a decrease in the selling price.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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There is also a good chance the paper just blew away. Even if there's no trace of it on the ground that doesn't mean it isn't there, tar paper can fly quite the distance in a bit of wind.
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Yeah, I actually had considered that the paper might have flown away. It would be a little strange for it to break off so cleanly - the complete rectangle under that shingle. But it's possible.

I called my local building code office, and they said if the roof was at least 7 or 8/12, it was actually allowed. This one is probably 8/12.
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