Bullet Holes And Leaks
April 17, 2012 Info

The Strangest Leak

What do you think is the strangest cause of a roof leak? The answer might surprise you.  While I have only seen this twice in the twenty-five-plus years I have been a roofing contractor, I have to say that it is a bullet hole.  While this might automatically bring to mind neighborhoods riddled with crime, this was not the case. Both times this was in neighborhoods that I would describe as middle or upper middle class.   Each time the homeowner was shocked to find that a bullet hole was the source of the leak.  The most stunned was a couple with a small child, since the bullet hole was above the child’s bedroom. Fortunately, neither time did the bullet enter the home.
Your roof can be compromised in a number of ways that can cause it to leak.

  • In order to sharpen their teeth, squirrels chew on the lead pipe flashings that prevent leaks around your plumbing vent stacks. They generally start at the top and gnaw their way down.
  • Improperly installed nails can cause a roof to leak over time.
    • If the nails are too close to the area where two shingles butt together it can cause a problem.
    • If the nail is not totally covered by a shingle it can leak after a time.
  • Metal flashings around chimneys and walls which are which are not nailed and/or caulked properly may allow water to enter your home.
  • Neoprene flashings found in plumbing pipes deteriorate over time.
  • A room addition can cause a damning effect, creating a potential for leaks, if no consideration is given as to how rain will flow off the roof.

What might not be a roof leak?  One very common example is a chimney leak.  If water seems to come into your home from your chimney after a hard rain, but not after a regular shower, then the cause is probably in the brick. After the bricks become saturated with water, the water has nowhere else to go but into your home. You will see two unique signs that tell you that the problem is probably with your chimney:

1) It does not leak right away when it begins to rain, but after it has rained hard for awhile.

2) It only leaks after you have experienced a drenching rain.  If you experience this problem, check into getting your brick sealed. We can help!
We know that your home and possessions are dear to you and exposure to rain can cause damage to walls, flooring, furniture, and valuables.  At Colony Roofing & Exteriors we have crews who are experienced at fixing those worrisome leaks.  We warrant our work and, if it leaks again, we will come out at no extra charge to you. Give us a call today!

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