What is a Roof Boot and How Can it Cost You Thousands?

Roof boots- the latest in fashion footwear? Not exactly. Unlike the boots you wear on your feet, roof boots were NOT made for walking. So what are they and why should you care?

To define a roof boot, first we have to think about the plumbing system in your home. Your home has pipe vents that allow air to enter the waste line of your plumbing system, providing the necessary pressure to move waste water out of your home (yay!) and into the sewer system. These pipe vents run up from your kitchen and bathrooms out through your roof. Covering these vent pipes are roof boots. Pretty simple.

So, why should you care about your home’s roof boots? As the outside temperature changes throughout the year, your roof naturally expands and contracts. Problems can arise if, as your roof expands and contracts, your roof boot shifts, peels up or cracks. If your roof boot moves or is damaged in some way, it can allow water to penetrate your roof. In other words, you’ve got a leaky roof.

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As water penetrates your home, it will most likely travel down the vent pipe into your home, often leading to water stains in the ceiling or walls of your kitchen or bath. Eventually. Some leaks go undetected for months or even years, building up behind ceilings or walls, soaking insulation, promoting the growth of mold and mildew, and leading to costly damage to your home.

Higher quality roof boots are designed to “move” with your roof. Problem is, not all homebuilders install quality roof boots. To keep costs down, many builders install inexpensive roof boots that are almost guaranteed to fail and, in the worst cases, fail quickly.

All hope is not lost. A few easy steps can ensure that your roof boots are in good working order and that your roof is leak free.

First, look for telltale signs of a leak:

  • Peeling wallpaper in kitchen or bathrooms
  • Cracked or peeling paint on walls or ceilings
  • “Puckered” shingles around vent pipes on your roof
  • Visible water marks on ceilings or walls

If you see any of these signs, call us. We’ll come out, conduct a thorough inspection of your home to assess where the leak is coming from and get it fixed. Fast.

If you don’t see any outward signs of a leak, you should still have your roof, and roof boots, checked periodically to be sure that everything’s functioning as it should be—and keeping water out of your home.

For more helpful tips and information, or to schedule your roof inspection, give us a call today at 301.934.0043.

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