The Truth About Roofs


Article by: Bruce Ford

You can't have too many roofs , Portable Air Conditioners - an Inexpensive Cooling Solution for Your Home in your inventory without dealing with leaks. If you rehab, you EXPECT to find ceiling stains, the tell tale sign of a leaky roof, , Use Mahogany Decking – Have A Deck That Will Stand Out in almost every project. I find projects without signs of past or present leaks the exception to the norm!

Sometimes shingles are just going to need replaced. There is no getting around it. Curled shingles, and numerous leaks are a pretty good indication that it would be cheaper to replace the roof , Charge Up With an Ionic Air Cleaner! rather than repair. , Inspecting Your Chimney and Its Liners Just factor that into the repairs , Bathroom Remodeling - You Can Do That and accept it. It's one thing you won't have to worry about if you are keeping the property, , Whirlpool Refrigerator - Is It Right for You? and it ups the value whether you keep it or sell it on the retail market after the rehab.

If the shingles still have some life on them, but there is some leakage to repair, , Kitchen Cabinets: Parts And Accessories finding the real source of the problem can take multiple tries. It can get pretty aggravating as you sometimes try and fail to fix a leaky roof. , A Step By Step Guide To Opening Your Swimming Pool Naturally, you want to try to fix this without calling out an expensive professional roofer. Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. Here are some tips , How the Grandfather Clock Got Its Name for diagnosing roof , Gas Grills leaks.

- I find that in the course of a rehab, it's always "good" to have an extended period of heavy rains. That way, any and all leaks become evident. If you have a property , How To Find Quality Log Furniture And A Trustworthy Retailer that is not occupied, or that is not being actively rehabbed after a period of extended rains, go visit and check for signs of leaks. If you can stop by while it's still raining, that's the number one, best time to investigate leaks from inside , How To Find Quality Log Furniture And A Trustworthy Retailer the attic.

- Get a mini flashlight that goes into a small belt holster and make that part of your normal clothing. You will use it all the time"¦for more than looking in attics! It's great for plumbing, , Your Shower Door Can Have A Huge Impact On The Look And Feel Of Your Bathroom! under cabinets, etc. Make it part of the "uniform."

- The garden , Introduction to Pipe Repair for Oil, Gas, Water or Wastewater hose - a rehabber's friend. In a recent project of mine, the roof , Curing Squeaking Floor Boards was relatively new yet I had a ceiling stain in the kitchen. , 10 Surefire Ways to Avoid Common DIY Home Improvement Mistakes We'd thought it was all taken care of in two tries, so we patched the ceiling, applied stain block, and textured over the spot. Then came the rains, and the circular and symmetrical spot was back! I'd had just about enough so I climbed onto the roof, , Your Shower Door Can Have A Huge Impact On The Look And Feel Of Your Bathroom! garden , Soft Goods Upholstered Furniture hose in hand, and stationed my handyman in the attic. In less than a minute of hosing down the roof , Are You Ready For A Love Affair - with Laminate Flooring? we found the very tiny hole that was the culprit. A dab of tar below and above the shingle and viola! Problem solved. The tiny hole was causing water , Are You Ready For A Love Affair - with Laminate Flooring? to drip directly onto the ceiling drywall, hence the circular stain.

- Watch for stain patterns. The pattern can offer you hints. When you come across a circular ceiling stain, there's a good chance the leak is dripping directly onto the ceiling dry wall , Cushions - Update Your Sofa With New Cushions from above. Put a nail , Cushions - Update Your Sofa With New Cushions in the center of the stain and get into the attic and look directly above the nail , Inspecting Your Chimney and Its Liners and you might just find the problem. If you do this in bright daylight, a spec of light , Saltillo Tiles might be visible, which would make the repair , Introduction to Pipe for Oil, Gas, Water or Wastewater a little easier. Even if you find a hole, I still recommend the garden , Home Plans Buying Guide hose trick to see if there are other problems to fix.

If the stain is small and circular, it usually means the amount of water , Tankless Hot Heaters Are Safer is small"¦lucky you. If the stain region is larger, it may still be an easy fix especially if it is a single hole. If there is enough rain making onto the ceiling drywall, it will pool and soak in. This will make it look like a massive leak, when it might be a one-shingle repair , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! (plus some new ceiling drywall). The garden , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! hose trick will quickly tell you if the problem is a single hole, or your roof , Laminate Flooring Advantages and Disadvantages is like Swiss cheese.

Stains that appear along a line may indicate that water , Curing Squeaking Floor Boards is draining along a rafter or truss. Inspect that rafter starting from the top looking for signs of water. , Your Shower Door Can Have A Huge Impact On The Look And Feel Of Your Bathroom! The source may be a single hole that is sending water , A Step By Step Guide To Opening Your Swimming Pool down the rafter making multiple stains show up in a line.

- Isolating the leak. Be aware of the ridgeline. When you are inspecting a property, , Lawrence Bedding Collections and Ensembles be aware of the direction the roof , Static Electricity ridgeline runs as you inspect the interior. , Where to Find Great Kitchen Canister Sets If you come across a ceiling stain toward the middle of the house , Are You Ready For A Love Affair - with Laminate Flooring? near where the ridgeline is above you, the source of the water , Area Rugs For Home Decorating is easier to isolate. Water , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! doesn't flow up! So, the suspect area extends from roughly the stain area, up to the ridgeline. In many cases, that's a lot less roof , How To Choose The Right Faucet to investigate.

On the other hand when stains are out near the roof , Kitchen Remodeling: First Step edges, they are the trickiest to diagnose. Why? The source of the water , Portable Air Conditioners - an Inexpensive Cooling Solution for Your Home could be from higher in the roof , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! than where the stain is. The water , 10 Surefire Ways to Avoid Common DIY Home Improvement Mistakes could be getting under a shingle near the peak, draining down between the shingles and ply, and finally leaking at the point you are seeing the stain. It's just hard to tell upon initial inspection. Get into the roof , How To Choose The Right Faucet and check out the rafters around that area for signs of water , Portable Air Conditioners - an Inexpensive Cooling Solution for Your Home stains? If you're lucky you'll see light , Kitchen Cabinets: Parts And Accessories and a hole. If you're not that lucky, it's time to get on the roof , Houses That Make People Sick and see what you can find. If you don't find anything obvious, it's time to call , How To Choose The Right Faucet a roofer"¦that is, unless you decide to replace the whole roof. , Installing landscape lighting

- Valleys are often the culprit when it comes to leaky roofs. , Cushions - Update Your Sofa With New Cushions I especially find this in property , Solar Power and Wind Power Initiatives: The Way of the Future that has been neglected or vacant for long periods of time. Very often the problem is caused because leaves have accumulated in the valley. These leaves hold moisture , Inspecting Your Chimney and Its Liners which rots the shingles and underlying ply over time. Depending on the extent of the rot, the repair , Caring For Your Air Conditioner can range from replacing ply and shingles to cleaning off the leaves and letting it dry. Be aware of your roof , Area Rugs For Home Decorating valleys and keep them clear!

With roof , Houses That Make People Sick leaks, there are no short cuts. It's easier and cheaper in the long run to aggressively diagnose the leak problem and seek hidden leaks that just haven't soaked through the ceiling drywall yet. Don't assume that once you find one hole in the roof, , Where to Find Great Kitchen Canister Sets or a cracked shingle that the problem is fixed. Get that hose out and confirm it! There is something about climbing in an attic and on a roof , How the Grandfather Clock Got Its Name that isn't fun to re-do.
---------- Bruce W. Ford publishes the "Nothing Held Back" newsletter, a free service of Rehab Real Estate Central. Get a free copy of his mini-course entitled "The Mind of the Real Estate Investor by clicking here!."

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