Stop Roof Leaks with Flashing
LESLIE: Jane in South Carolina has a roofing question. What’s going on?
JANE: Well, the situation is we have a leak in our roof. It comes down behind our front door and it’s in a corner behind the front door and every time we talk to a roofer, bring a roofer over, they want to replace the whole roof …
TOM: Yeah, let me guess.
JANE: … for something that’s obviously in the well between the garage and the porch.
JANE: So what can I do or not do?
TOM: Well, first of all you’re not talking to the right roofers. What you have here is a flashing problem. You have some element of the intersection of the garage and the porch where it’s leaking. Replacing the roof is ridiculous when all you have is a leak in a flashing area so you need to find somebody that’s a good technician that can diagnose it this and is willing to fix that. The kinds of products that you need here are flashing products. What I would suggest is the website for the Grace folks. Those guys make Ice & Water Shield and different types of stretch flashing materials. It’s GraceAtHome.com. I think what you’re going to need is one of their flexible flashing products to seal in that space underneath the roof shingles and that will stop it once and for all. But keep in mind, Jane, to do this you’re going to have to pull off the shingles and then install the flashing product and then reshingle that area.
JANE: OK. Alright. Thank you so much.
TOM: But you definitely don’t need a new roof.
JANE: Thank you. That’s what we figured.
TOM: You’re welcome. Alright. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.