My home is located in Rolling Meadows, IL. It is a ranch with a 3/12 pitch. Another feature of the home is a large stone chimney (Wisconsin style) coming out of the center of the roof.
We had our roof replaced 4 years ago with Architecture shingles and it has leaked ever since. The leaks occur when snow sits on the roof or during very heavy rains. The contractor is now out of business. (no surprise there)
I am now looking to do another tear off, but this time want to do it right. I get conflicting statements from roofers on a 3/12 pitch roof…some say shingles others say tar and ballast or gravel.
Here’s the questions:
What types of roofing should I use? Shingles or something else?
What type of venting should I use? We had a ridge vent; when it rained hard sideways this would let in leaks. Very possible it was installed incorrectly. We currently have no to little venting since I had to have the ridge vent covered before the winter. This has helped but I know we need venting.
ALso does anyone recommend hot wire in the gutters? This seemed to also help this winter…We are still getting leaks however.
Home is 1800 square feet. I plan on replacing this spring. Getting lots of estimates need advice from the audience here in this forum.
Thanks I am desperate to stop the leaking and the insanity.