I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago.
the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one
and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior
walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling.
is happening only on the first and second floors. The
third floor, right under the roof, is in fine shape.
want to stop whatever it is, a leak of some sort, I
imagine, and fix the walls (the easy part, Iím sure)
before the day comes when my house goes on the market
do I start in the search for the source of the problem,
and whom do I hire to do the searching? It occurred to
me that the gutters are a likely source.
I call the roofer? (I do not think he installed the
gutters, but I believe he reinstalled them.)
What kind of a warranty came with the roofing job?
of the queries I receive on this subject are from
readers who say they have 10-year guarantees, and that
if problems occur after the warranties end, the roofers
wash their hands of them.
a tough call. Look at the winter just past. If you get
enough of those, a roof can deteriorate faster than any
warranty can predict. Itís just an average, based on
as much experience as the roofer can gather.
Iíd give the roofer a call to see what he or she
thinks and whether some time could be spared to take a
say that based on the good condition of the third floor,
the roof seems OK. Then the second and first floors
could have problems for other reasons ó the gutters
may, indeed, need adjustment if they havenít been
maintained properly or were affected by the weight of
ice and snow.
your house is made of brick or stone, pointing might be
necessary. Fascia boards could be rotted.
I always say, I canít make on-site visits, so Iím
just guessing based on experience.
the source remains elusive, a former colleague wrote a
column a few years back that is often recalled by
readers with problems similar to yours.
obtained the services of an inspector who, using a
moisture sensor and an infrared detector, was able to
discover the source.
colleague says it was costly but worth it.