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Auburn Roofing: Article About Porch Roof Leaks

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The household roof often covers more than just the main living space. Roofs can also extend outward to create an outdoor porch area. Outdoor living spaces automatically make the home appear larger while the extending roof simply maintains its seamless look with just a few support beams and finishing touches. However, residents may need to call an Auburn roofing professional to find and fix roof leaks into the porch area exclusively.

Professionals take some time to observe the leaking porch before they try any invasive procedures. If it's not actively leaking, they may snake a hose to the roof to simulate rainy conditions. A leak in one area doesn't mean that it's the only problematic space. Leaks may travel significant distances from their original location. It's usually necessary to remove porch ceiling lumber to access the hidden cavity. Leaks are usually found in these spaces, giving contractors good clues on potential repairs.

With a few leak clues in mind, contractors move to the porch's rooftop to match the leak location from above. They must remove some shingles to clearly see the leaking area.

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An entire section may be removed just to find one leak, but contractors can reattach or replace those shingles after the repair is completed.

It's possible a leak is coming from flashing. These metal sections act as transition points between the main roof and porch area. If flashing corrodes or pulls away from the porch and home connection, water easily leaks through the open crevices. Professionals must remove the flashing and replace it with customized pieces that fit snugly into place.

Some questionable contractors may repair a porch leak with either caulk or roofing tar. Homeowners should be aware that new flashing or shingles are standard repairs for these leaks. Caulk and tar are temporary solutions, but cannot stand up against the test of time. Homeowners should see a shingle and flashing quote, along with any damage repairs for water stains across the porch.

If the home has multiple leaks across the main rooftop and porch, ask a professional to quote all repairs together. When the estimate is more than half the cost of a new installation, it may be wise to invest in a new roof. Repairing multiple leak areas only puts more pressure on other older roofing materials, potentially causing them to start leaking too. Always weigh repairs and new installation costs together to get the most out of a property's value and longevity.

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