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Have you checked your vent boots?

Here's a common sight when I'm walking a roof inspecting. Roof boots with cracked seals. Although your shingles may be rated for 25+ years, the roof boots tend to last far shorter. The ones in these pictures are on a 16 year old house and have probably already been cracked for years. I've seen them beginning to split as early as 7 years depending on sun exposure. Luckily, having these boots replaced is generally inexpensive. Next time you have your gutters cleaned, consider asking the contractor to take a quick picture of your vent boots. It may be time to consider replacing them and if your thinking about selling your home, consider getting a seller's inspection so that minor details like this don't hinder a sale. It is always cheaper and easier to repair or replace deficiencies when you don't have the ticking clock of a contract hanging over you. (Standard disclaimer: these blogs are not intended to be DIY instructions. Please do not undertake any repairs that you are not qualified for and comfortable doing)

Cracked roof vent boot found at home inspection

Vent stacks observed during home inspection

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