When rains fall in Houston, it comes with a vengeance. If the rain keeps coming, a damaged roof invites water inside your home. The best way to keep the water out is to detect leaks before they happen. How’s that possible? Looking for the warning signs of a failing roof will keep you and your home high and dry.
Well, for instance, on this roof, it’s not in bad shape, but you do see some nail pops starting to back out of the roof, which is what we call in the industry a fish mouth on the shingle.
I’m Jim Hardwick with Ideal Roofing. If you think your roof is damaged, I’ll show you some of the things you should look for.
There’s no drip edge, and the builder chose to use a one by two. You can see here where the shingles are drooping down.
And as I lift right here, see how those shingles come up? That’s telling me the proper starter strip was not used. It’s not sealed down.
You have a half-inch lip right here to support the shingle. And you have the kick-out to push the water away from the fascia board. That allows you put the shingles further away, coming out to– hopefully that water will shed even further away from your fascia.
So when it goes on the edge of the roof just like this, the sealant is down here at the edge, so your first course of shingles will lay down and seal on the sealant. And you can always tell that if you can go to your house and lift up this shingle, and it comes separate from here, then the sealing strip is up here where it should not be. So in a high wind situation, this is the preferred and what’s done standard on every job, is the correct starter strip.
All shingles are not created equal. And understanding how and where they go on is important.
So then as you install your singles, here’s the adhesive strip that we need to work, and it is placed on the bottom of the shingle. So that as you lay the next course, there’s your adhesive strip sealing down where it should be. And the nail goes right on the white line right here.
We just inspect the decking and make sure there’s no rotten spots, any holes that– sometimes during construction they cut a hole and just covered it up because the plumber decided to run a pipe somewhere else.
Lead jacks prevent the vent stacks from becoming leak sources.
This goes over your soil pipes for your plumbing, OK? They take this, they put in over the PVC. We curl this into the pipe. This base is much larger. Comes all the way out to here. The economy jacks will be shorter, to here. Or sometimes you see on the new construction just a black neoprene boot which will dry rot.
The one thing you have to watch on this is when you have a lot of overhanging trees, squirrels like to nibble around the edge of these. And sometimes we’ll have to tell the customer we’ll put squirrel guards. But other than that, this is the best product that’s out there for this.
Around the chimney area, we apply the ice and water shield, which is a peel and stick product. It’s just an extra precaution other than just using just plain felt. The product self-seals around nails.
A good roof is basically a solid deck, felt paper, and good shingles. But an experienced installation crew makes the big difference. Click the links below to learn more about roof replacement.
For Home Show Radio, I’m Tom Tynan.