10:15AM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 02/13/99
74 lifetime posts
An addition was attached to my house 16 years ago. It is a low pitch and was attached around a chimney. The roof has been replaced twice due to leaking. This roofer will not respond.I believe it is where the addition meets the original that was not flashed correctly. I also suspect I need a cricket around the chimney and new chimney flashing. Yesterday the water started seeping down the wall. Local roofers are swamped and "put me on the list". Any good homeowner reference material to guide me through or should I tarp it and wait for a pro? Thanks.


04:26AM | 01/26/05
Member Since: 01/25/05
3 lifetime posts
Hello. As you point out, the leaks are most likely coming from two places: 1 - the join between the addition and the original roof structure, and 2 - the chimney area. Our rule is that chimneys over 18" in width must be cricketed (the industry consensus is between 18" - 24"). Additionally, the proper installation of a chimney flashing involves the use of a reglet which requires grinding into the chimney brick to a depth of 1" so that the flashing is actually fixed inside the brick (rather than simply being tarred and tacked to the oustide).

You mention that the addition has a low slope. The roofing material used should take this into account. It is difficult to comment without knowing the precise slope, however if you have a 1:12 - 3:12 pitch, be wary of installing shingles as snow & ice can back-up quite easily.

Please feel to contact me if you would like additional advice or information. I will try to point you in the right direction for your geographic location.

David Mackey, Vice President

MACWEST Steel Inc.


08:04AM | 01/30/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
what is the pitch and what roofing material is used?

Excellence is its own reward!



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon