How To Keep Your Bay Window Beaming
There's little more that a homeowner dreads than the look of a leak. However, many homeowners find that they have a leaking roof - or even leaking bay windows.
Bay window leaks tend to be fairly common, simply due to the way that bay windows line up against the house. These windows need to be connected to the side of your home in a very specific way, and each part of the metal bay window hood actually needs flashing to make sure the materials are joined without room for leaks to occur.
If your bay window is leaking, you might be frustrated or feel like you're at a loss. The good news is your roofing contractor can help you get rid of that pesky leak as soon as possible!
Bay Windows With Vinyl Siding
When it comes to vinyl - or wood - siding, you'll need step and apron flashing behind the home's siding to create a seal that prevents leaks. While this may sound quite technical, your local roofing company will be able to identify whether or not your siding bay window roof is properly attached to your home with the correct bay window flashing details.
Professionals will usually check to see if there's any damage to the apron or step flashing, as well as whether or not the window was installed correctly in the first place. That's right - in some cases, a slip up during installation can cause a myriad of problems for homeowners later down the line! That's why it's so important to choose contractors and teams that you trust and know the quality of.
Bay Windows With Brick Siding
Brick siding tends to make things a little bit more difficult because the siding doesn't overlap with your flashing as easily as it does with wood or vinyl. However, your roofer should be able to create custom-bent flashing. The process is as follows:
- Your roofer will take measurements of each angle at which the bay windows attach to your home.
- Metal is cut and bent into the shape of the correct flashing.
- A grinder will be used to cut a gap in the mortar in which the counter flashing can be put.
- The counter flashing is nailed to the mortar.
- Silicone roofing sealant is used where the counter flashing meets the brick to ensure an air-tight seal.
Check out the zoomed-in view of a leaking bay window with brick exterior.
What Causes Leaks Around Bay Windows?
While your counter flashing is typically the reason why your bay windows would be leaking, there are a number of other things that may cause leaks. This includes:
- The caulking around the edge of windows
- Missing flashing around the windows
- Whether or not the drain holes of a window are clogged
- Whether or not there are any cracking bricks above the window
- If the window is old and simply unable to keep out the weather
As with any roofing project, you'll want to make sure that you do your research to connect with a professional who will be able to ensure that your window leak is solved and that it doesn't come back again!
Your RoofPRO team is ready to answer your call at 410 ROOF PRO. Our crews are experienced with leaking bay windows. We understand the aesthetic is important to your home and will work to preserve it while improving the site of the leak.
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