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What Are Lead Boots, and Does Your Georgia Roof Need Them?

A normal roof has many plumbing exhaust vents that exit through the roof. These vents need to be covered in some way to prevent leaks into the attic below. The most common type of covering is called a roof boot. These come in all kinds of materials including vinyl, lead, and copper. Lead and vinyl are the most common choices for residential roofs. However, many Georgia roofing contractors believe that lead boots are the answer to covering plumbing vent pipes because they are long lasting.

Why Squirrels Appreciate Lead Boots

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The largest threat to lead boots on your Atlanta roof is not their weather resistance abilities nor their natural longevity. Rather, lead boots often fail because pesky little squirrels like to eat the lead. Squirrels like to gnaw on the soft metal to wear down their continually growing teeth. The damage caused to the lead boot will allow water to penetrate the roof.

The Solution: Black Vinyl Boots

At Pro Roofing & Siding we have navigated this issue by using black vinyl (neoprene) boots. Vinyl boots are much cheaper, and are typically one size fits all. The boot slides over the pipe with three hole sizes to seal the typical pipe widths perfectly. 

Counteracting Natural Weaknesses with Reinforcement

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Neoprene roofing boots aren’t always perfect, either. The problem with the neoprene is that it can crack and rot from the sun’s UV rays in 8-10 years. Because we give our clients a 10-year workmanship warranty, here at Pro Roofing & Siding, we ‘double boot’ our vent pipes. We install the first neoprene boot by nailing and shingling over the back (top) of the boot. We then add the second boot on top of the first. The top boot will take the brunt of the weather issues and, even if cracked, the bottom boot will still protect the roof penetration from leakage. For help with your roof repair and replacement needs in the Marietta region, contact our team at Pro Roofing & Siding (770)999-9875

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