This is my first post in the forum.
I’m not a Roofing Professional, but, I was raised in a Construction Family, & from the time that I was knee high to a grass hopper, I assisted my Dad, Grandfather, & Uncles in building hundreds of homes. All of the work that was performed was “New Construction”.
I worked in Construction till I joined the Army, & once I was discharged, I thought that I’d go back to work with my family building homes, but, due to several divorces, the Oil Embargo of 1974, & a Concrete Strike in the South Western Ohio area, … There was no work for me to find, so I went to the VA, & they set me up to go to school to learn HVAC, of which I’ve stayed with ever since then.
I have a Customer, who I’ve been doing HVAC/ Electrical, & Plumbing work for, going back at least 21 years.
This Customer had a so called “Reputable Roofer” install Certainteed Dimensional Shingles on her Modular Home’s roof, that in all truth, should have had the original shingles tore off. This “Roofer” also installed four sky lights.
It was “All Good” for about two years, & then our area, began to receive abundant rainfall, as well as numerous Severe Storms.
My Customer began to get several leaks around these Skylights, as well as several wet spots on her ceilings.
My Customer, then tried to get “Said” roofer to come & fix the Roof, which was allegedly under a Warranty per the Contract that was signed.
“Said” Roofer was to busy, for more than 6 months, & as time went on, the indoor damage escalated.
Then, the bad news came, that this “Roofer” had a major Drug Problem, had gotten in to an auto accident, & became paralyzed.
My Customer, by that time was freaking out about the indoor damage, & she told me that she wanted me to fix the Skylights, & the leaks. At first I refused cuz’, I didn’t want our relationship to move to where I was her “Jack of all Trades”,… But, My Customer is a very determined woman, & she repeatedly insisted that she wasn’t calling another Roofer, & that she knew that I would do her a better job.
I contacted the manufacturer of the Skylights “Velux”, & studied up on their Installation Manuals, as well as talked to their Tech Service about how to re-install these windows. The Roofer either didn’t use the Flashing kits specified by “Velux”, &/or he only used pieces, instead of the whole kit.
As I was removing the “New Shingles”, … chunks of the original, brittle shingles began to fall out from under the the “New Shingles”! I then removed all of the shingles, & saw that I’d even have to replace sections of the "Roof DecK’. Then it “Blew me away” to see, as I removed rotten decking, that “said” Roofer had even cut my Customer’s 2 x 2 cantilevered roof support system, so I had to tie all that back together.
After repairing & replacing all of this, I put down, what I learned to be a “cheap version” of “Ice & water Shield”, cuz’ at 45 degrees I had to nail it down, even after i had rolled it out to get acclimated.
Now here is where I need some Professional Advice, even “Helpful Correction”, … I to the best as I was able, reached under the “New Shingles” approximately 3" to 4" & removed the original shingles, as well as the nails, & factory staples. I then slid New Shingles under what the so called “Roofer” had installed, & nailed those shingles to the decking. I then installed the second course of “New Shingles”, as well as the Skylight’s Flashing.
In our area of S.W. Ohio, over the past 6 months, we’ve had at least 12" above our “Normal Rainfall”, & my point is that the repairs that I made on the Skylights have not leaked even a teaspoon of water, but,…
Was I wrong to build up the shingles, so that they’d be level with what was not removed? Or should I have put down one layer of shingles, which if I’m thinking right, would’ve caused approximately 1/4" difference in height, between the repaired area, & the existing. I’ll need to know this, for I have to now go to the other areas that are leaking & repair them.
Also, … My Customer now knows that with all considered, … She needs a New Roof, starting from the Decking up. At this time, she says that she can not afford a “New Roof”, but she is setting $$$ aside for this.
While I’m at it, does anyone know of a roof mounted attic 120V.fan, that could be serviced if necessary, from the roof? I need to decrease the heat load on my Customer’s home, for her A.C., & to take the attic heat form building up, & causing further damage to her shingles.
Sorry about this long winded introductory post.