Despite their rather whimsical name, roofs boots aren’t boots that your roof wears. They are a kind of exterior implement that actually plays a key role in keeping your home’s pipe vents and plumbing system safe and dry.
Unfortunately, the roof boot itself is not something every homeowner knows about or is even aware of the role they play. When left unattended and lacking in maintenance, they can cause problems in your home. Your local roofing contractors at Ken Morton Roofing & Siding discuss in-depth why the roof boot is so important.
What Does a Roof Boot Do?
The roof boot is the rubber cover that surrounds the base of a vent pipe leading to either the kitchen or bathroom, which in turn circulates air throughout your home’s plumbing system. The boot itself is a form of seal that keeps water, leaves and other debris from entering the vents and causing all sorts of problems within the pipe system.
Since the boot is located on the roof, it’s susceptible to the exterior elements. While some are made with extremely durable rubbers, they aren’t as resilient to weather and changes in temperature as the shingles on the roof. As such, the boots are rather quick to deteriorate despite the vital role they play.
The most common problem the roof boots experience is cracking, which results from the natural contraction and expansion of the roof due to temperature changes. The contraction essentially causes the roof to move, wearing out the boot in place.
Some warning signs that a roof boot is experiencing problems include cracked wallpaper on the walls of your kitchen or bathroom or leak spits on the ceiling. Cracked shingles are another tell-tale warning sign since the same conditions that cause the roof boot to rupture also occur in shingles. If you notice any of these warning signs, you might want to have your local roofing and siding repair expert take a look at your roof.
The roof boot is one of those often forgotten parts of your home’s exterior that you should pay more attention to. Just like the gutters and flashings, they play a key role in keeping your home as safe and comfortable as possible.
As your local GAF Master Elite® roofer, Ken Morton Roofing & Siding guarantees top quality workmanship in every project. Whether you need your roof boot fixed or your shingles replaced, you can count on us to provide you the best service possible. Call us at (856) 582-8800 to learn more or fill out our contact form. We are local roofing contractors serving homeowners throughout Woodstown, NJ.