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Old 02-13-2019, 01:40 PM   #1
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Patching Leaking Roof

Being mostly a carpenter by trade, I do not usually take on roofing jobs, but the house where I currently stay has a failing roof that appears to have been incomplete from the outset. At this transition from ridge to gable there is sunlight visible from below and during a hard rain, water gets in and flows down the ceiling to the wall where the leak becomes noticeable. Clearly there has already been sealant applied over the years but with heat of the summer sun, this acts as little more than a temporary fix. I would like to know how additional flashing could be used to form a proper ridge to gable roof transition. Maybe the top few rows of shingles need to be replaced in order to expose the gable facia and conjoining plywood for a proper course of action? The sunlight is seen both to the side and under the gable facia board where it plunges into the shingles.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:09 PM   #2
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The facia and drip edge should be cut short so that the shingle and cap run all the way to the gable wall. No caulk required.


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Only reason I could figure why you're seeing daylight is the sheathing is rotted.
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Canít tell from the pic, but since they used roof icing I would guess there is no step flashing under there.
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And I will give you some free advice here: Do not chase roof leaks on any job you are on, or you will be paying to repair or replace the will own it when you screw with it.

You know it is leaking, you have told the client it is leaking, the client knows it is leaking.

You say "I am not insured or licensed for roofing", and then stay out of it, or quote them a replacement roof, complete with decking.
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Put some more caulk on it. The shingle is due for a replacement anyway.


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