I often look at a roof as a boat turned upside down. You’d never put a hole in a boat, because it has to keep the water out. Although we sometimes have to make penetrations on a roof, we want to avoid them as much as we can.

On a roof, there are several critical penetrations- things like can vents, fasteners, and pipe flashings. But people like to add skylights, weathervanes, chimneys, satellites and solar panel mounts. My advice is: if you don’t need it, don’t introduce it to your roof. You wouldn’t put all those holes in a boat!

When a roof springs a leak, it’s usually due to improper installation around a penetration. We can usually find where the leak is located, lift up the roofing material, repair the leak and put it back in place. But it’s better if the penetration is handled properly the first time.

I see gobs of caulking around roof penetrations. That’s not the way to do it. You have to set and secure anchor bolts and mounting brackets to prevent water from eventually making its way into your home around those holes.

We obviously have to put a few holes in the roof to make sure it runs correctly, but my advice is not to over do it. If you do have a leak around one of those penetrations, call Roof Life of Oregon, and we’ll get out there to fix it and get you back on track.

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