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How to Take Care of a Roof Leak Before the Contractor Comes

Since there have been a bunch of thunderstorms in the area lately, you may have noticed a roof leak issue.  You’ll want to get it looked at by a professional contractor, but before they arrive, here are some tips to keeping that leak under control, courtesy of eHow.com.

1. The first and perhaps most obvious place to look for a roof leak is directly above the leak in a ceiling or exterior wall. Use a flashlight to inspect the attic floor over the leak while it’s raining. Look for standing water, water stains, mold, wet insulation or other exposed insulation.

2. Examine the underside of the roof for wetness or mold around points of penetration (plumbing vents, chimneys), wherever different roof planes intersect (valleys) and near dormers. These symptoms indicate holes in the flashing or faulty flashing installation.

3. A leak away from such locations suggests a problem in the roofing material. Keep in mind that water may travel sideways before passing through a joint in the roof sheathing, and may travel in a horizontal joint before falling on the floor or ceiling.

4. Take measurements from points inside that you can also locate from outside. Measure down from a ridge and horizontally from the center of a valley or sidewall; or measure distances from a chimney or other point of penetration.

5. If your ceiling is attached to roof rafters, as would be the case for a cathedral ceiling, all you can do from inside is take the measurements that will help you locate the leak externally, and attempt to control the damage internally.

6. Water can travel on the underside of sheathing or down roof rafters before dropping off in one or more places. To control where it falls, tack a piece of string into the stream of water and let it hang into a bucket. The water will tend to follow the string.

7. Poke or drill a hole in your ceiling to let the water through. This technique prevents the water from spreading across the top of the ceiling to other areas; it prevents the ceiling from becoming saturated, eliminating the chance of collapse and often the need for replacement; and it allows you to collect water from below using the string-and-bucket method.

8. Using any measurements or other information you gathered indoors, make your initial outdoor observations from a ladder and/or using binoculars. Do not walk on a pitched roof during rain or as long as the roof is wet. A wood roof is particularly treacherous.

9. Look for leaves and other debris slowing the natural downward flow of water, as often happens in valleys and adjacent to or above any roof penetration or dormer. If there is snow on the roof, an ice dam may have formed at the roof’s lower edge, causing water to back up under overlapping layers of roofing materials. Remove the obstruction if you can get to it safely.

10. If or when you can safely get close enough, examine metal flashings for corrosion or open joints where they connect to a chimney or other roof penetration. You can temporarily patch metal flashings, but replacement is the only permanent solution. Typically, you can replace cracked or dried-out rubber gaskets on plumbing vents.

11. Pay particular attention to any areas already covered with black flashing cement; these indicate locations of previously repaired leaks. Look for pinholes or cracks, which often occur as the material ages. Make temporary repairs by applying flashing cement with a putty knife.

12. If or when you can safely get close enough, inspect attachment points for any antenna, satellite dish or other object screwed or nailed into the roof. A dab of roof flashing in good condition should cover each fastener. The best solution is to avoid mounting anything on your roof in the first place.

13. If you determined from inside that your leak is midroof and therefore not related to flashing, look for damaged or missing asphalt shingles. On wood roofs, look for cracked or badly cupped or warped shingles or shakes. Look for joints in one course that fall less than 11/2 inches (4 cm) to the left or right of a joint in the course below. Flat or nearly flat roofs generally require very close inspection to locate damaged or badly worn areas.

Exterior Specialties of PA is here for any of your leak repair and roofing needs. Call us today at 215-773-9180 for a free estimate!

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

Homeowners ask this question a lot, how often should you clean your gutters?

The answer is very simple, you should clean out your gutters at least twice a year. You should clean them more if they appear dirty. The best way to clean your gutters is to hire a professional. This will ensure that your gutters are cleaned properly and safely.

By having a professionally clean your gutters you can be certain that all the dirt, leaves and any other objects are cleared from your gutters. Also they will make sure your downspout is clear and draining properly.

If you have a routine system in place to clean your gutters it will help the life span of your gutter and roof. The Spring and Fall months are the best time to check and clean your gutters since these are the months with the most leaves, rain and debris that may clog your gutters.

If gutters are not cleaned properly it can result in mold, fungus and or bacteria to grow in your gutters and up in your roof. Thus needing to be replaced.

As always call us for any gutter questions.

Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

Does your roof leak, does it look damaged, Has your roof hit its life expectancy. Having to replace your roof can be a stressful time on any home owner. Can your roof be fixed with repairs or does it need to be fully replaced? Here are some great tips on deciding whether or not it is time to replace your roof.

The first thing to consider is how old is your roof, an average roof will last up to 15 years depending on maintenance. After this life time it is normal for leaks and missing or torn shingles. If this occurs your roof is beyond repair and it needs to be replaced.

Another thing that needs to be checked are the interior walls that touch the roof. If there are watermarks or paint damage then this is a sign of water see page and the roof will need to be completely replaced.

Weather is also a factor when it comes to your roof, this is what will take down a life expectancy. If your roof sees a lot of direct sunlight, snow, wind, rain and or hail your roof will need to be replaces quicker than a roof that doesn’t encounter a lot of weather.

Other factors that may cause you to replace your roof are, an improper design, the wrong materials being used to installation, and or external factors.

The decision to replace your roof is something that is inevitable. The most important thing is do not wait. At the first sign of damage call a contractor to have them give you a quote.

And as always, Exterior Specialties is here to help! Call us today for a free estimate!

Why a Spring Roof Inspection is Important

With the harsh Pennsylvania winter fading and spring starting to show itself, it’s easy to forget about home maintenance. However, one of the best things you can do for your home is to get a spring roof inspection — it can save you tons of trouble, time and money in the long-run.

And as always, we’d love to perform your spring roof inspection! Call Exterior Specialties of PA for a free consultation today!

Tag: Roof Leak

How to Take Care of a Roof Leak Before the Contractor Comes

Since there have been a bunch of thunderstorms in the area lately, you may have noticed a roof leak issue.  You’ll want to get it looked at by a professional contractor, but before they arrive, here are some tips to keeping that leak under control, courtesy of eHow.com.

1. The first and perhaps most obvious place to look for a roof leak is directly above the leak in a ceiling or exterior wall. Use a flashlight to inspect the attic floor over the leak while it’s raining. Look for standing water, water stains, mold, wet insulation or other exposed insulation.

2. Examine the underside of the roof for wetness or mold around points of penetration (plumbing vents, chimneys), wherever different roof planes intersect (valleys) and near dormers. These symptoms indicate holes in the flashing or faulty flashing installation.

3. A leak away from such locations suggests a problem in the roofing material. Keep in mind that water may travel sideways before passing through a joint in the roof sheathing, and may travel in a horizontal joint before falling on the floor or ceiling.

4. Take measurements from points inside that you can also locate from outside. Measure down from a ridge and horizontally from the center of a valley or sidewall; or measure distances from a chimney or other point of penetration.

5. If your ceiling is attached to roof rafters, as would be the case for a cathedral ceiling, all you can do from inside is take the measurements that will help you locate the leak externally, and attempt to control the damage internally.

6. Water can travel on the underside of sheathing or down roof rafters before dropping off in one or more places. To control where it falls, tack a piece of string into the stream of water and let it hang into a bucket. The water will tend to follow the string.

7. Poke or drill a hole in your ceiling to let the water through. This technique prevents the water from spreading across the top of the ceiling to other areas; it prevents the ceiling from becoming saturated, eliminating the chance of collapse and often the need for replacement; and it allows you to collect water from below using the string-and-bucket method.

8. Using any measurements or other information you gathered indoors, make your initial outdoor observations from a ladder and/or using binoculars. Do not walk on a pitched roof during rain or as long as the roof is wet. A wood roof is particularly treacherous.

9. Look for leaves and other debris slowing the natural downward flow of water, as often happens in valleys and adjacent to or above any roof penetration or dormer. If there is snow on the roof, an ice dam may have formed at the roof’s lower edge, causing water to back up under overlapping layers of roofing materials. Remove the obstruction if you can get to it safely.

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10. If or when you can safely get close enough, examine metal flashings for corrosion or open joints where they connect to a chimney or other roof penetration. You can temporarily patch metal flashings, but replacement is the only permanent solution. Typically, you can replace cracked or dried-out rubber gaskets on plumbing vents.

11. Pay particular attention to any areas already covered with black flashing cement; these indicate locations of previously repaired leaks. Look for pinholes or cracks, which often occur as the material ages. Make temporary repairs by applying flashing cement with a putty knife.

12. If or when you can safely get close enough, inspect attachment points for any antenna, satellite dish or other object screwed or nailed into the roof. A dab of roof flashing in good condition should cover each fastener. The best solution is to avoid mounting anything on your roof in the first place.

13. If you determined from inside that your leak is midroof and therefore not related to flashing, look for damaged or missing asphalt shingles. On wood roofs, look for cracked or badly cupped or warped shingles or shakes. Look for joints in one course that fall less than 11/2 inches (4 cm) to the left or right of a joint in the course below. Flat or nearly flat roofs generally require very close inspection to locate damaged or badly worn areas.

Exterior Specialties of PA is here for any of your leak repair and roofing needs. Call us today at 215-773-9180 for a free estimate!

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

Homeowners ask this question a lot, how often should you clean your gutters?

The answer is very simple, you should clean out your gutters at least twice a year. You should clean them more if they appear dirty. The best way to clean your gutters is to hire a professional. This will ensure that your gutters are cleaned properly and safely.

By having a professionally clean your gutters you can be certain that all the dirt, leaves and any other objects are cleared from your gutters. Also they will make sure your downspout is clear and draining properly.

If you have a routine system in place to clean your gutters it will help the life span of your gutter and roof. The Spring and Fall months are the best time to check and clean your gutters since these are the months with the most leaves, rain and debris that may clog your gutters.

If gutters are not cleaned properly it can result in mold, fungus and or bacteria to grow in your gutters and up in your roof. Thus needing to be replaced.

As always call us for any gutter questions.

Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

Does your roof leak, does it look damaged, Has your roof hit its life expectancy. Having to replace your roof can be a stressful time on any home owner. Can your roof be fixed with repairs or does it need to be fully replaced? Here are some great tips on deciding whether or not it is time to replace your roof.

The first thing to consider is how old is your roof, an average roof will last up to 15 years depending on maintenance. After this life time it is normal for leaks and missing or torn shingles. If this occurs your roof is beyond repair and it needs to be replaced.

Another thing that needs to be checked are the interior walls that touch the roof. If there are watermarks or paint damage then this is a sign of water see page and the roof will need to be completely replaced.

Weather is also a factor when it comes to your roof, this is what will take down a life expectancy. If your roof sees a lot of direct sunlight, snow, wind, rain and or hail your roof will need to be replaces quicker than a roof that doesn’t encounter a lot of weather.

Other factors that may cause you to replace your roof are, an improper design, the wrong materials being used to installation, and or external factors.

The decision to replace your roof is something that is inevitable. The most important thing is do not wait. At the first sign of damage call a contractor to have them give you a quote.

And as always, Exterior Specialties is here to help! Call us today for a free estimate!

Why a Spring Roof Inspection is Important

With the harsh Pennsylvania winter fading and spring starting to show itself, it’s easy to forget about home maintenance. However, one of the best things you can do for your home is to get a spring roof inspection — it can save you tons of trouble, time and money in the long-run.

And as always, we’d love to perform your spring roof inspection! Call Exterior Specialties of PA for a free consultation today!

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