Roof Problems

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  1. Corie Henson

    Corie Henson Very Well-Known Member
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    Aside from leaking roof, one other problem is the leaves from the nearby bamboo grove that land on our roof and tend to clog the waterways and downspout. And when we forget to clean the gutter of the roof, it will be clogged and the rainwater would spill over the ceiling and directly into our house, actually in the terrace.

    We had planned on cutting down the bamboo grove in the nearby vacant lot but it might create complications so for now we are still thinking of what to do.
     
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    We had a metal roof put on about ten years ago, and I don't regret that. We were in need of a new roof and, at the time at least, a metal roof cost roughly the same amount of money as a shingled roof, so we went with the metal. I used to hate metal roofs because they came in only one or two colors, but now they are available in several colors.
     
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    Our roof used to be the galvanized sheet that is susceptible to leaks. From time to time, we hire a hand to apply glue on the gaps of the sheets. When we had the money, we had the sheets replaced with the so called long span. So there is no gap anymore and no leak on that part. However, the gutter is still the problem since it is only 4 inches high. So when the rain pours hard, that 4 inches is suffocated by rain water causing it to overflow inside like that problem in the terrace but this time it is the kitchen that is affected. We would place pails and basins to collect the drips.

    After consulting 3 engineers and 1 architect, the most practical recommendation is to remove the gutter and just let the rainwater flow to the side of the house. Unfortunately, the gutter sits on the firewall so if we would remove that then the rainwater would go to the neighbor. That might be a big problem.
     
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    Here in my city when a tree is causing problems, it's enough to call the borough's office to request the tree to be removed or trimmed, based on the problem such tree is causing.

    Wouldn't also be a way to get this done by a local government office where you live? This way you wouldn't need to fear to be penalized about actions taken to get that Bamboo grove away.
     
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    Thank you for the consolation but your suggestion of informing the local government office is not an option. There is an local government office called Barangay right here in our village. But they seem to be inutile and only for show. One time a neighbor had set up a table on the road fronting their house. Take note, on the road, occupying half of the road. That's where they and their guests held a drinking session and the barbecue grill was on the road also. We called the Barangay to report only to get a reply that he was alone in the office and no one could respond to that problem. When that drinking session was repeated, we called again the Barangay and got the same reply. So you will understand our frustration with the local government here.
     
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    The rains nowadays are unusually pouring like loads of buckets. I'm afraid that our roof would develop leaks because the sound of the pouring rain is scary. When it is raining hard, we couldn't watch tv because of the noise. And where before the floods would come after more than 3 hours of rain, now it's only 30 minutes and the flood is already in the low lying areas.

    When we moved in to this house in 2001, we had replaced about 9 galvanized sheets (if I remember correctly) that are rusted. But that was not the end because there was a leak in our bedroom, another in the living room and another in the kitchen. We hired a repair man that fortunately had plugged the holes. But after some more rainy days, the leak would manifest again although just in drips. After 6 years of that we decided to replace the entire roof with the long span. We spent quite a sum but it is worth it because there are no more leaks.. hopefully.
     
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    I am sorry to hear about your gutter situation. We just had the same thing happen in our house, the gutter has to be free of leaves from the trees or the water will come into the house when it rains hard. We had a few days earlier in the spring that the storms were coming everyday and the water was coming into the house like the window was wide open. We did not due a good job the first time the gutters were cleaned, the second cleaning corrected the situation. The trees in the back need to be trimmed and the limbs over the gutters need to be removed so this does not happen every year. There are 5 very large trees in our yard.
     
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