We live in a 30 year old Dutch colonial with seven gables in upstate New York. When we moved into our house four years ago, there was some minor leaking around fireplaces due to issues with flashing. Shingles were beginning to fall off roof and much algae adhering to roof.
Decision was made in October to have new roof installed. We chose timberline ultra shingles. Roofer removed two layers of shingles installed by previous owner.
In December, we began to notice some ceiling stains around fireplace once again. In addition, we noticed that the towels in our upstairs master bathroom were never completely dry. My husband went into attic and noticed water dripping from nails and mold growing on attic roofing. (Never had this problem before). Called roofer who came in and we suggested that perhaps roof had not been vented properly. He made some minor repairs and installed an attic fan. Leaks around fireplace were chalked up to cracks in chimney bricks and required a mason. Since December, mold has not spread and attic fan seems to help.
On Feb. 14th we had a massive snow storm and had three feet of snow. Yesterday, February 17th noticed stains in downstairs kitchen ceiling, hallway, and basement. This morning awoke to find puddles in several locations in our home. Roofer returned yesterday and indicated that the roof had never “sealed” from baking in the sun because of October installation. Said he would return to shovel snow off the roof today. He said that all it takes is a “pinhole” in shingle for leaks to occur and that we purchased the more expensive shingles and that was preventing moisture from escaping.
We are desperate. My husband feels that the roof is not ventilated properly and that ice jams are forming, resulting in the leaks. What do we do? Any insight is greatly appreciated!