Ugggh, should have gone with color that matches “Walnut Droppings” "Walnuts...mess up a new roof 5 minutes after installing” Thanks DustyatElk for sharing this with us on Instagram
"Moss and lichens on a cedar roof is not a good thing people! The moss retains moisture which promotes wood decay and premature deterioration. I took this picture today while inspecting a cedar roof in Easton Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. The moss and lichens were so thick that they were actually growing lichen flowers I had never seen this personally so I had to share.” Thanks to DVC Roofing for sharing.
"That awesome panic inducing moment when I think there will be a small puddle after the rain and it's a 4 inch kiddie pool. That the room underneath is where the pool table, bar and TV room is !!!” Thanks "@mrctheroofer" for sharing on Instagram.
"Just when I thought I'd seen it all. I see that Rubbermaid has started making Power vents. Just another day at A+roofing.” Thanks Charles Herald for sending us this photo.
Thanks Michael Angelo Scalze for sharing this with us on FaceBook. "After estimating and inspecting commercial roofs I found this little gem. A local handy man fixed the leaking rubber roof with a car tire tube patch. Couldn't believe it when I saw it. But it worked and made me think of have a half dozen in my bag. Clean and cute.”
"When Easy Fast Repairs Turn Ugly" Thanks to Cliffelockeroofing via Instagram.
Just when we thought we'd seen it all! We need to put this in some kind of museum. "This is not the proper way to install a pipe FYI" A Million thanks to Jon Graney on Instagram for this classic photo.
It’s an Ice Rink! That warning line needs to turn into something you can’t slide under! Thanks to Roof Management Inc for sharing this with us on Instagram.
“Never seen a worse job in my life! Just wanted to share this cause these nice people paid someone to do this and got shanked” Thanks for sharing Shawn Luby - Just shaking our heads!
Jessie at J.R. Roofing in Delaware writes on Instagram,
"I think I found your leak!”
You know you've had a bad day when....You start with a crew that was used to installing a roof a day. They cussed for 4 days because it was like tearing off 210 sq roof, 104 degree heat, 9/12 pitch. The dumping costs were exorbitant – 7 LAYERS! Thank you to Mark Terzano from Agape Storm Company, Baton Rouge LA
This is the roof of a chain restaurant. Did they not think it could ruin someone’s breakfast? Not shown here was that the gutters didn’t even extend to the end of the roof. A shoddy roof that hundreds of people pass under a day, shame on them!
R.I.P. Leak on Instagram writes,
"You might have to be an #oldschool “Hot Roofer” to appreciate how sloppy of a job this really is! Oh the madness.”
John Brett Lilly writes on Instagram, "When the plumber doesn’t ask permission & punches through brand new roof in the wrong spot & decides to fix himself.”
“and nobody noticed this” Thank you to JJ McClure for sharing these photos with the RoofersCoffeeShop.
Justin Wolfer-Legge aka localbarrieroofer on Instagram writes, "So many bugs on this job, we could hardly talk or look up from what your doing.”
"Well, that was inventive!” Thanks to Isaac Burruel for this interesting photo.
This one is from Green Hills Construction- "Just checking to see if anyone can see a defect in these shingles?”
I hope it was the back of the house! Thanks to Jason Ewars for this photo "This was a house next to us a couple months back what are everyone's thoughts of this superb roof job lol"
Where do we start?…. Thanks to Jesse Espino for this one! He writes, "What is wrong with this Roof? I will give props to anyone who can tell me on the first guess. Extra cool points if you can tell me how to fix it?”
Saw this great shot on Instagram from Holloway Contracting in New Jersey "Got a call the other day that a homeowner was having a squirrel problem and that they tried to fix it them selves but think that they should have a professional take a look at it and this is what I found”
So what seems to be the Problem? Thanks Jimmy Ettele for sharing. He wrote “Peeled up tin. The underside. Wind took it and peeled it back It was pretty cool to look at Homeowner thinks its at least 70 years old.”
Creative! Thanks to Jeff Hietzenrader for this great photo "Don't you think even a novice could have just used two A elbows if they would have put the outlet further back?"
Brian Timmer writes on Facebook,
"When the building owner goes with the cheapest price.”
Whoa what could have caused this? I have never seen purple granules before! Thanks to Blake Fivecoate for this photo... "This was the second layer of this roof in Florida I did. Never seen tye dye shingles before"
"I took these picures at Lake Tahoe of a mostly flat roof, that consists of a BUR membrane with plywood loosely laid on top, blue plastic tarps laid over plywood and a nylon mesh tarp wired together at the laps. Then ballasted with concrete blocks. This tree is 2 foot tall. Some wild grass and other weeds are 4 foot high. The owner wants to know if he needs a new roof. He had no idea this existed". Thanks Don Freeze at Eagle Roofing. This photo is Priceless!
So, since roofing and gutters go together sometimes, I thought I could ask this question- For a fancy resort, Is this ugly or is it just me?
This Roof Installation Just Hurts Your Feelings. Thanks To "Spankymcd" Matt McDougall on Instagram for sharing this image with us.
Off Shore Shingle writes on Instagram, “Pre-existing non-conforming finest kind”. This person didn’t like waste!
Argggghhh! Irritating. What do you think, did they cut this with a butter knife or tried to rip it with their bare hands?
For Pete's Sake! This was pulled from our old archives. It's of an old factory roof in South Carolina. Thanks Tarbrat for the photo, it's one of a kind.
Is it just me or would you bet on a Really Bad Roofer instead of a Really Unqualified Homeowner? Thanks to Joe Dore, an Ottawa area Roofing Contractor for this interesting photo.
What a shock when you got up there. So glad you took a Picture. We all know what ponds look like, but that is a swimming pool! Shared by Frank Albert of Alberts Specialty Roofing. "A roof I worked on a year or two, or three ago leaked the other day. I built cages to keep trash away from the drain. When I got there, the water was over a foot deep."
It's a Mystery! Where did this come from? Who made this? We know nothing about this except it was found in Colorado.
This is from the Roofers Exchange archives. Boy did we get hate mail from the foam guys when this ran! "Surface of the moon? No, just upset foam." Thanks Jerry Yerian for sending us this photo.
Another bad photo out of a hotel window but I thought the pattern on the single ply was interesting. It sure wasn't holding up! Roof Pilaf! (get it - Pilaf, peel-off)
Somebody cut their own tabs to make it more dimensional? Did they caulk on the ridge? I REALLY wish I knew the story on this!
John Brett Lilly writes on Instagram, "A new version of the “Cluster” assembly!”
What the heck is this? Never would have happened if they hired a licensed contractor.
"A lot of work went into making that mess" Thank You Dusty from Elk Roofing in Indianapolis, Indiana for sharing this with us on Instagram.
R.I.P.Leak writes on Instagram, "Step 1- cut a hole in your flat roof low spot. Step 2 - cut a hole in your tile manzard roof. Step 3 - install whatever kind of drain you bought. Step 4 - tar the hell out of the new drain. Step 5 - put cement around the hole you cut in your tile roof, and just like that you’re done, and you know you’re right about not needing to call a roofer.”
Should there be a limit on how long a tarp can cover a roof?
Nope it's not a shadow, just a cheap-skate's roof.
Refined Roofing in Canada writes on Instagram, "Swimming pools belong on the ground, not the roof…”
What can you say about this ridge. They tried hard to be nice and neat. I bet they were proud and I would hate to be the one to break it to them. #ridgegonebad
The greatest photo ever taken! NEF Roofing from Philadelphia posted this on Instagram, "To say the least I've seen it all wtf….”
Wow a new invention, a vented skylight! Our RCS Forum contributor Tom "Twill" at AMARCO Roofing found this little beauty.
the Valley of horror!!
John Brett Lilly writes on Instagram, "Surely someone could have come up with a better design than that! I mean, really?”
"We have a little leak, maybe around the fireplace?" OMGosh! This photo was from an earthquake in Humboldt County April, 1992. We know Mother Nature is awesome but this is quite a trick. We want to meet the mason that built this chimney!
Savros School posted this beautiful example of metal work on Instagram, Translated - "The result of my labors... The passage of the gutter through the rib. The second day of the workshop by Pavel Styopin (@styopin_school) Wall gutters using the double fold technique.”
They don't make flashing like this any more. Ziggy's Bar
What a shock when you got up there. So glad you took a Picture. We all know what ponds look like, but that is a swimming pool! Shared by Frank Albert of Alberts Specialty Roofing. "A roof I worked on a year or two, or three ago leaked the other day. I built cages to keep water away from the drain. When I got there, the water was over a foot deep."
from Gorooftuneup on Instagram! what were they thinking??
Found this on the Ask a Roofer's "Whats wrong with this picture?" Blog ..Photo taken by Charles Buell Inspections.
How are those patches working for you? Even the patches need patches if you look really close.
"Going to a Home and Garden tour (which I call a Roof and Garden tour) we came upon a home being restored to it’s original glory. The owners spent $85,000 to match the original design but could only do the front half of the house. You can see the before and after here!"
Freshy696 posted this runaway shot on Instagram, “#hayyboss #ithappens #alsomurphyslaw
"This kind of work just irritates me. I know it's just a vegetable stand but it's a real building with a real permit. Have a little pride!"
TDS Roofing from the UK posted this on Instagram,
"Just when you think you’ve seen it all.. you come across this. Not good.”
We can’t even tell what we are looking at but you are right, it doesn’t look good!
What the heck happened to this tile roof?
Does anyone else think this looks weird?
Arya Roofing & Contracting from Massachusetts posted this puzzling find. "#tbt #2014 #minature #downspout #copper #scupper #conductorhead #smooth
Roof Fail!!! Thanks to John “Old School” Crookston from Kalamazoo, Michigan for sending us this photo of a roof he was hired to fix. “Gun nailed 3 inches high and they all stuck together and slid off the roof as units.”
Did your roofer replace your furnace flue? If not you could end up with a leak like this.
Flat Roof Tech from Houston writes, "Building owners: Want to spend an extra $15,000? One Simple Trick- keep patching a bad roof and let the deck become so saturated that it crumbles when you walk on it. Waste money on repairs then pay for a tear off and re-deck."
The final insult!
Dusty the Roofer from Indiana writes on Instagram, "That's a hole in a roof! That's poop on a roof with a pipe in the valley!”
Out on a garden tour in a historic neighborhood. Gardens were beautiful.
"This detail looks so funny, is it done right?"
That is a Really old shake roof! Can you believe that this is a restaurant and that people are eating under that roof. The restaurant was established in 1958 so could the roof be 54 years old? Funniest thing of all this building is 2 doors down from a roofing contractor. All I have to say is the pancakes were good!
Apparently we aren’t the only country with these project surprises!
BestFunRoof from Russia writes on Instagram, translated "How do you like this? Good morning #shame”
What is this, the 1800's?
Jorge Joy from Roof Corp shared this head shaker of an image with us.
He did not include a comment so what would you caption this as?
Jeff Anthony from Al Anthony Roofing in Trenton, Ontario Canada writes, “Lady said she had a leak”
Thanks for the Facebook share!
Most interesting roof of the week
CSRA Roofing & Construction from Augusta, Georgia writes,
"Yes that is a rolled up shingle, No we will not leave it like that”.
John Brett Lilly writes on Instagram,
"Well... as my friend said... that's one way to keep leaves out of the gutter! Lol!”
Joe at Jam Exteriorswrites, " When you ask your handyman to fix a roof leak.”
At first we see the beautiful reflection but then… not so beautiful.
Thanks to RoofCareUs for sharing with us on Instagram. Happy Flat Roof Friday!
JohnBrettLilly from Instagram writes,
“HMMMMM… hard to get any movement of air, I would think, without the hole cut!!!!!”
The stuff you see on a roof! Are those fire logs?
Frye Roofing in West Virginia writes on Instagram, “You so fancy!”
Renco Roofing in Arizona writes on Instagram, "Not everyday do we get to see such custom skylights, but sights like this cause us to wonder if someone's honey do list was a little too long and he wanted to make a statement?”
Frye Roofing in West Virginia writes, “Hmmmmmm.”
Precise Roofing in Canada writes, "What caused this ?? This is a roof we did 6 or 7 yrs ago.
Homeowner said they noticed a leak and sent me this picture …”
Shocking! R.I.P.Leak writes on Instagram, "When all the electrical is ran on top of the sheathing.” Under BUR to boot. Respect to the tear-off crew.
R.I.P. Leak writes on Instagram, "Solar company fail of the day. How much water damage do you think will be prevented by sealing the stanchions to the plywood?"
Blacksquare Roofing In Illinois posted a head-shaking video on Instagram. A roof full of standing water. One of the culprits, a bowl blocking the drain. First time you have seen that one?
A-Roofing in Florida writes, "She says she has no leaks.”
R.I.P. Leaks writes on Instagram, "Ugh, so much ugly in this pic.” Ugh is right!
There’s a tear in my roof!
This roof has a really cool history. It’s the US Pavilion at the 1974 world’s fair.
Paula Jacqueline Buford shared this image on Facebook.
So what do you think caused this kind of damage?
Sandra Isabel Daffer shared this with us on Facebook.
I don’t think it’s actually that unusual but it’s always entertaining.
R.I.P. Leak writes on Instagram, "This metal tape should stop the leak!”
Help me I’m Melting!
"AC unit condensor lines. The guy who flashed it told the building owner it was done per manufacturers spec’s.”
Thanks JJ McClure for sharing this with us on Facebook.
If you are missing a ladder we found it.
“A friend sent me a photo of a project in his neighborhood”
Thanks JJ McClure for sharing this with us on Facebook.
"When you have no clue what youre doing but do it anyways…”
Thanks @JMG621 for sharing this with us on Instagram.
It’s Mastic abuse! "I swear the builders think we're magicians”
Thanks to @ARVGRoofing for sharing on Instagram
"We are rarely surprised what we find on roofs anymore! Check out this #roofornament!! The homeowner boastfully admits installing this 1967 Volkswagen hubcap!”
Thanks @BurelBuilt for sharing this classic car part.
We looked up Mish-mash in the dictionary and this is what we saw.
Thanks to Travis Gilstrap for the explanation.
"Remember that time when you couldn't solve a "low spot" so you cut a groove in the roof?”
Thanks to our friends at @R.I.P. Leak for always finding the worst ways of doing things.
Good luck repairing that!
This is just plain wrong!
" Someone's pissy” Thanks to Shane Duckworth for sharing and then fixing this!
"Firestone TPO... don't think this will meet warranty standards”
Thanks to Peter Johnston for photographing and sharing this interesting commercial roof detail shot in Charleston, SC.
It will go down in history.
How many squares in this picture… Only kidding!
“Excel version of roof” Thanks Sam Rosario for sharing on Facebook.
We knew it had to happen sooner or later!
It’s like Duct tape in the roofing world!
"Foil tape for flashing! Baaaahaaaaaa”
Thanks Russ Ward for sharing.
Don’t you hate following these guys?
“Going over a bridge in New York, looks like 3” iso board"
Thanks to Jason Barber for sharing this with us on Facebook.
R.I.P. Leak writes, "You might have to be an #oldschool “Hot Roofer” to appreciate how sloppy of a job this really is! Oh the madness”
More architect slapping is needed.
Thanks for letting us share this Instagram shot Inked Custom Roofing!
"There is a first time for everything out here in California. What do you guys think?
Homeowner had a leak on the south side of the house so be "poked a few shingles under the shakes”
Thanks to @DeHartRoofing for sharing this shot of the greatest homeowner fix EVER!
Speechless In Wylie, Texas
Thank you to Frank Pacheco from Integro Construction that sent in this shot of hail damage
Thanks to Jeff Willis from Beacon for sending in this example of amazing things we see on vacation.
"It was on a VRBO rental in Park City. I looked out the bathroom window and could not believe what I was seeing.”
"I never thought of using a bungee strap as chimney flashing, but someone did…”
Thanks James Groff at Valley Roofing for sharing this once in a lifetime shot - we hope!
Thanks to Brett M. Dunn at Roof Solutions for sending us this unique drain configuration.
The things you see…
"We were called out to investigate a roof leak and this is what was found….
Who needs a roofer when you have a tarp?"
Many thanks to Stephen Card at Pro Com Roofing in Warrington PA for providing us something to think about all day!
Aaron Roethle sent us this photo.
My boss said this morning regarding this repair - "I think its just a piece of metal and a couple shingles"
It’s shingle braiding!
Thanks to BA Propst on Facebook for this Photo.
He wrote "A repair the other day somebody FUBAR that one."
"Beyond Rookies! Things that make you go hmmmm?”
Thanks to Chuck Brady for sending us this Photo on FaceBook.
"Dog leg my ass that's a freakin anaconda”
Thanks @Roof_god from Hope Roofing for sharing with us.
John Brett Lilly writes on Instagram, "Can’t imagine why they’re getting water inside!"
Architects need to really consult a roofing contractor sometimes.
Thanks to Texas Tile Roofing Co., LLC on Facebook for posting this one!
"Just because autocad gives you the ability to do it, doesn't mean it is a good idea.
Not only do design elements like the double hip on the left increase the cost, they hamper the pace of production and create a void that wreaks of long term maintenance issues.
Unlike composition shingles, roof tile is aesthetically pleasing of its own accord. There is no need to make a cluster of the roof design in order to enhance the aesthetic appeal.
We cleaned it up, but this is a great example of what not to do.”
Illinois contractor Chase2HookEm on Instagram writes,
"How’s this for some professional TPO detail?”
"Chimney Laying Down For A Little Nap”
Quite the little surprise!
Thanks to RefinedRoofing for sharing this with us on Instagram
Have you ever seen deterioration that looks like that?
Thanks to The Siding Guys for sending us this one.
Texas Roofer writes "Look at that fine craftsmanship! Brand new metal roof".
- Makes me want to cry.
Get a load of this!
They used real clay tile tops to fill in for some old missing metal tiles.
If it wasn't for the color problem you probably wouldn't even be able to tell!
"Along the lines of bad repairs...check this one out!” Many thanks to Johnny Kemendo at the Roof Source for sharing this photo with us on Twitter!
"Beautiful repair I came across this morning! Lol"
Thanks to Chris Tarweek for sending this to us on FaceBook.
"Someone decided to put a ridge vent in the middle of the roof the customer said this was an upsell!” Thanks to @Georgiedaroofer for sharing this shot.
Peter Martin sends us this Photo on Facebook-
"Serious patch on the fan..”
Steve Walker from S.R. Walker Contracting in Michigan writes, "This was an old Big Boy Restaurant in Walled Lake Michigan. We were asked to take a look at the roof, a new restaurant wanted to open at this location. For obvious reason we quoted the project as remove & replace and adamantly refused the owners request to install over the existing multiple roofing systems. The owner found a contractor to install an additional layer of APP. 6 layers of modified soaking wet wood fiber insulation, more than that structure should bare. Insane? What do you think? Shaking my head.”
"Just think about how much better this will seal if I use the whole pail!”
said No-one EVER.
Thanks to @Jetts3175 for sharing this with us.
Austermiller Roofing from Tennessee writes,
"By far the biggest skylight I’ve seen on a residential roof!”
Someone actually cut this tile to force it to leak - How the simplest little details can just shock you!
Thanks @RipLeak for sharing this with us.
"Thought I've seen it all. Until I stepped on top of a roach motel.” Amanda Brooks from FaceBook sees new ways to ventilate a room.
So, of all of the ugly repairs you see, what are messed up the most?
Flashings, Ridge or Valleys?
Thanks Frankie Gintoli for sharing this with us on Facebook.
"Somebody was on something in Saginaw Michigan.”
We really needed to see more of this! Thanks Rafael Rodriguez for sharing.
Wait… What? Is that just sitting there? Thanks Nic Nappier for sharing this with us on Facebook.
"I thought I should share my evidence of the great repairs we find…”
From The Roof Doctor in Great Falls, MT!
Thanks Roof Doctor, it’s a very interesting display of how may different products you can use at one time.
"No ventilation = No rafters”
Thanks Travis Smith for reminding us of the importance of ventilation.
Is it thrifty homeowners or bad contractors that create this mess?
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…
"This was once a roof” Wow what a level of deterioration.
Thanks @Everhartpeter for sharing this with us on Instagram.
The Best Mess Ever! Couldn’t they have tried to paint it to match at least?
Thanks to @Nicolas616 for sharing this with us.
Weird! Some roofer somewhere made the best out of a bad situation.
"Wanted to share this wonder flashing job with y'all. I guess if you can pick up a hammer, you're a roofer”
Thanks Ryan Ashcroft for giving us this example of
“Anyone can lay shingles - why hire a contractor”.
"Organic - it isn’t black or white!”
Thanks Joel Kelly for sharing this Algae example with us. Wow!
Advanced Roofing Inc. in Florida writes on Instagram, "Do you have TADPOLES on the roof?”
Head Scratching Installations
“Found this on a roof in Maryland – and I was not called to do a repair on it…”
-- Photo submitted by Dan Rank at Samuel C. Boyd, Inc.
So here is the view from a very expensive rooftop bar and restaurant.
All I kept thinking was ‘that poor roof” Look at the abuse it is taking.
Grease, water, dirt, things poking it.
Don’t people realize that roofs are meant to be cherished!
Stop Roof Abuse!
Just One More Scupper Please!
Photo Submitted by Bobby Thompson — Thompson Roofing Services LLC, North Carolina
"You may need a new roof if…”
Thanks to @pnwroofer for sharing.
- It’s so wrong but so beautiful!
"Arizona Roofing. Lol."
Thanks to @EverhartPeter for sharing this with us on Instagram
One.. Two.. Tree?!
Many thanks to @refinedroofing for sending us this special detail.
“Hey, do you have any specifications for flashing a roof to tree detail?”
"This goes down as the worst roof I have ever inspected,” states our Instagram friend @dustyatelk
We at RCS think it’s visually stunning. So many places to look, so much detail. We can’t look away!!!
JJ Quinn aka Quinn1956_Roofing posted this shot on Instagram. Seems homeowners in England are just as ingenious are our homeowners in the States!
Thanks to Brock Darr for sending us this photo.
If one layer is good than 5 must be great!
"Nothing better then when someone thinks that it's ok to add layer on top of layer on top of layer. 5 layers of Roofing here, 4 asphalt with the original wood shingles.”
Thanks to @MRCtheRoofer for sharing this with us on Instagram.
"This is what $30.00/sq gets you.”
Thanks to K.C. Barnhardt at Quality Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Bozeman, Montana,
for sharing this with us.
Should be entitled “Cheapest Bid”!
William Willard Jr writes on Facebook:
"It amazes me at some of things that ROOFERS get away with!”
We are hoping it wasn’t a roofer William - thanks for the share.
Joe Bouchard from New York writes on Facebook,
"How not to do a metal roof.”
Thanks for sharing!
Excel BuildingAnd Roofing in Canada writes, "The last guy may not of known what he was doing.”
Hmmm, maybe not. Thanks for the share on Instagram.
"Customer says it might be time for a new roof”
Have fun tearing this one off.
You may need a crumb catcher!
Thanks to Emerson Enterprises for sharing this with us on Instagram.
Whoa, someone had the idea but not the skill or the correct materials or a clue.
Thanks to R.I.P. Leak for sharing with us on Instagram.
"It’s usually a no brainer to choose the best color match for a wind damage repair. Hmmmm.”
Thanks for showing us Premier Roofing that Alaskan Roofers share our pain.
Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal writes
"If you’re ever a little shy on scrap wood to fill in remember multiple layers of 30lb felt make a great substitute…NOT”
There’s a use for felt we haven’t seen before!
Looks like a giant sample board!
Sean Shapiro writes "Thought you guys would have fun sharing this photo of a roof we just inspected”.
Thanks Sean. Someone got a deal on some boneyard shingles!
Carpenters Touch from Staten Island New York writes
"Anything wrong with this photo??? I went to clients home and they said...I have a roof leak!”
Wow, who dropped the ball on that one?!?
Great Lakes Roofing writes, "Interesting concept of a ballasted roof system”.
EEEEKKKK it’s a roofing graveyard!
Thanks Great Lakes for the share.
Todd Shaffer from My Roofer, LLC. shared this with us on Facebook,
“Local Handyman repair. Yup, it’s still leaking!”
It’s not your home cooked meal but it’s “Cooked!”
Thanks to GJK Roofing for sharing this new shot of an old roof.
"This roof wins the uhs award for all time worst roof!”
Ultimate Home Services, We’ve all see a few and you may be right! Thanks for sharing this with us on.
Aaron aka TheRoofingLife on Instagram writes, "The s*&t I have to put up with!”
Thanks for making sure it’s done right!
TAF Roofing from California writes, "We know someone that knows someone that does roofing" is what we always come across. And the outcome is this.
- Wow the saggy spots makes this roof extra special. Thanks for the share!
Johnbrettlilly writes on Instagram, "Okay.... whatever man… "
R.I.P.Leak writes, "Cement as pan metal flashing, hmmm... should work.”
The old “Scupper, Leaderhead, Drain, Downspout, Combo Platter”.
Thanks RIPLeak for sharing with us on Instagram!
ZRW Roofing in Florida writes, "Anyone ever see this type of shingle before?
Homeowner did his own repair, using what he had available! “
This is CLASSIC! RIPLeak posted this on Instagram,
“Cut a circular hole in it, force a tin tube through it and seal it with mastic, then shove it into a square rain gutter downspout that is ran inside the building, finally (when it leaks) spray some of that "as seen on TV" black stuff on it .”
RIP Leak writes, “Here’s something I’ve never seen before, field tile used as coping/ridge!”
Keep ‘em coming RIP Leak you find the best stuff to take a picture of!
This Roof Hurts Our Feelings!
"I was visiting my family for a long weekend and looking at roofs (as you do when you develop software for roofers) and spotted this. It was clearly visible from the main street! As expected, there was no shingle promoting the services of the attending roofing contractor. Must have been close to ‘beer-o’clock’ when the last few panels were laid.”
Thanks to Ray Smith from Applicad for this vacation shot. All we can say is Wow!
DVC Roofing from Ottsville, Pennsylvania writes, “Doing the Wave”. Oh Boy, that roof is OLD!!!
Off Shore Shingle in Vineyard Haven, Mass writes "Sometimes u have to wunda”. Well said. (Thanks for the share).
Roger B Smith writes, "Mitered corner I found in Torrington, Connecticut.” We say this is how a roof detail can hurt your feelings!
Beau Edwards from Austin Texas writes "Pretty sure that's a plumber's problem.”
Country Top Roofing in Amaranth, Ontario writes,
“This would be someone’s first and last day if this was my job.”
ZRW Roofingwrites, "Don’t think this is up to code. Gas vent through the gooseneck”.
One of the great mysteries of life.
Arya Roofing & Contracting writes, “Dormer anyone?”
Thanks for sharing.
Kyle at Sun Ray Roofing writes, “Just lay over it?”
Thanks for the share and scare!
When lightning strikes!
Thanks Scott from Hassle Roofing for sharing.
That’s some special Gutter work.
John Breedlove from Facebook writes, "Thought you might get kick from this. I thought I'd seen everything till this”.
Thanks for the share John!
Travis Gilstrap writes, “When their brother-in-law can do it cheaper”.
Thanks for the share on Facebook!
Otis Nelson from Facebook sent us this shot.
If a roofer was having a nightmare this is what he would see.
Brown’s Roofing of Indianapolis writes,
"Why yes, that is a tree growing through the roof. It has also been neatly trimmed”.
This amazing WTHeck shot provided by RIPLeak on Instagram. (Only he didn’t say WTHeck!)
Could be in the top five WTHeck shots ever! Thanks for sharing.
Peek-a-Boo, I’m gonna cause some trouble!
StatewideMN writes "Nails popping out are a potential leaker.” Thanks for sharing this with us on Instagram.
This should be in a museum! "Heaviest piece of roofing I've ever dealt with. The layers were uncountable there were so many. Lived here all my life, going on 20 years of Roofing and I've never seen anything like it. It came off of a 2 square flat. That white strip down the center of it is vinyl flooring, lol." Thanks John Hamilton of Russell Roofing in Iverness, Florida for sharing.
"This pic is for all y’all who appreciate art. The stucco company marred up this new composition roof and decided to repair it by using a very creative spray paint technique.” Thanks to R.I.P. Leak for posting this on Instagram for all of our entertainment!
Weathertight Roofing in California writes "Who engineered this mess?”
Just shaking our heads.
Richardo Ortega writes on Facebook, "4 thousand dollar repair and they didn't replace the chimney and step flashings.”
DustyTheRoofer from Indiana writes,
"I found this today and realized someone, a real person thought this design would be cool. Look at the water in that gutter!"
Mike Killeen at Quality Roof Co. in California writes,
"I guess if the 1”x6” is short of roof joist you can just use a 8”x12” tin shingle as a hanger. Lmao.”
We’re LMAO too!
No Words! "This is why..... When people ask how you get two different prices for a new roof. None of these precious roofers removed anything. No labor, no dumpster, no materials, no skill. Just shingles.” Thanks to Jorge Osorio in Connecticut for sharing
California Roof Coating writes "When you live in a duplex and your neighbor can care less about cleaning his side of the roof.” So Sad! Thanks for sharing!
R.I.P. Leak writes on Instagram,
"Can you tell that this repair technician was a cake decorator?” (MMMMM, now we want cake).
Skytop Contracting writes, "quoting over the weekend and came across this roof. Homeowner being cheap and kept putting his roof off. Gave him a quote that included to replace or sister trusses and re-sheet all the rotton plywood and re-shingle. I tried to be VERY reasonable and thought he would most definitely be happy with my quote. Sure enough he told me he got a lower quote the year before and he still thought that was too much. I walked away shaking my head .”
Jeff Anderson from Facebook writes, "I think they got the life out of these 3-tabs”. Yes Jeff, but does it leak? (wink). Thanks for sharing.
Zack Gemmer from Facebook writes “I've seen some things,but this takes the cake.” Thanks Zack for sharing. What’s your best guess for why this flashing has spikes? RCS guess, squirrel repellent!
Bloomfield Construction from Pontiac Michigan writes, "When the bath fans are not connected to a dedicated roof damper this will happen.
This is a main cause of mold growth in many attics. Knowledge is power!”
Interesting observation, thank’s for sharing!
Davies from T Davies & Son in the UK writes “If you think it's expensive hiring a good roofer... do what this customer did... hire a rubbish one.... nothing shocks me anymore in this roofing game”. Thanks for sharing!
"Sometimes you just need a new roof.” Thanks Ryan the Roofer for sharing this with us on Instagram!
A new Roofing Term! "Slippage…” Thanks Joel at Chase Construction NW for adding to our roofing vocabulary.
The Roof Medic from Charlotte, North Carolina writes, "I’m just trying to imagine what this builder was thinking… “Let’s just run this pipe from the front to the back and stick it out diagonally!” “Then over here we can cut a hole 4” below the ridge vent for extra ventilation and we can charge a little more” “let’s finish this up 10” from the ridgevent so that it will run nonstop and we can laugh thinking about it while we’re drinking beer later on tonight”
"Roof Inspections today...I came across a damage and leaky Skylight...its time for a new Skylight”. Take that Mastic away from that repair man! Thanks to Junior at Carpenter’s Touch for sharing with us on Instagram.
"If you run short on caps, just caulk the ridgevent seam. Pro tip.” Thanks to Luke Mitchell for sharing on Facebook.
Wow fancy skylight covers. See any problems here?
"Check out this quality craftsmanship(Hahah)on the job I'm doing the siding on right now! Not sure how this guy sleeps at night.” Thanks Mike at Exterior Installers for the share!
"Is the house on a lake or is there a lake on the house? Florida flat roof lakes”. Thanks to CTC Roofing for sharing this scary shot with us. Roof Inspections are important - pass it on!
"When the painter paints oversprays the eaves and used spray paint to “blend in the white over spray” on this brand new roof!” What a shame! Thanks to Cody Hale at Statewide Roofing Inc. Thousand Oaks for sharing.
The things you notice when you are eating breakfast.
Harry Friedman from Champion Roofing in Illinois writes a one word description of this photo. “Dumb”. We think you said it all Harry, thanks for sending this to us!
"I was up in an attic today and found this!!!! Nice do it yourself operating vent….lol” Many thanks to Fred Grennan from Michigan for sharing this new ventilation invention!
Wow, that’s some damage. "Signed this lightning strike loss yesterday.” Thanks Bloomfield Construction for sharing this with us on Instagram.
"Doing a repair in Louisville,KY. This is how not to do slate ridge and hip cap. Notice the nail hole on the right at the top of the valley, they used galvanized nails to top it off.” Thank to Ryan Metro aks@backoftheneck for sharing. Slate installation is truly a craftsmen’s game!
"It's on a 20 year old roof in historic 5 points Denver. Worst install I've ever seen” It makes no sense! Thanks to Bishop aka @Turborecycler for rendering us speechless!
It looks alive! Eugene Horvath with Stutzman & Kropf Contractors Inc. in Oregon shared this post with us on Facebook, "Today, our company was called out to a perspective clients re-roof estimate. This was a first for us.”
"6 layers ?” We have no words - We need a caption for this! Thanks PNW Roofer for sharing.
Z Roofing, Inc. in Florida writes on Instagram, "Who knows what this is?”
"Rooferscoffeeshop I don't think this looks right…” No, but you gotta admire their creativity Chris!
"Some people are paid by the nail i guess. Counted 13 nails and 4 that i pulled out. 16 nails for a 12 inch piece of shingles that was in a valley yet” Thanks to Stefan Francois AKA @juicebox_guy on Instagram for sharing!
RIP Leaks writes on Instagram
"Fail of the day, AC install.”
Water trapped under the roof! It’s like a waterbed! North Texas Roofing & Construction writes on Instagram, "This roof is a year old... over 10 leaks now and we were call to see if could do some patching to repair the leaks. Well patching is not an option at this point. Cheap bid wins again! “
TheePriest18 writes on Instagram, "My roof cart attached to my quad feel thru this… I was almost sucked into this black hole.” TheePriest18 should buy a lotto ticket on his way to church!
Looks like a sea creature! "TGIF Make sure your roof drain doesn't turn into a garden.” Thanks Team Best Roofing for the tip (and share)!
Caption for this photo? "Ran out of rebar", "Found the remains of an ancient ladder on an archeological dig” or “What happens when you leave you ladder on the job.” Thanks to Western Colloid for sharing this image with us.
Patrick Dooley writes "I never had to use a ladder to install a pipe boot in the 20 years i have been installing single ply roofs, LOL “
“Can you spot the mistakes? Seen this while estimating a roof in Crossville, Tennesse.” This photo submitted by Travis Gilstrap on Facebook
Thank you to Evans Roofing In Oakland Park Florida for sharing this extra large sample board with us - Oh wait, it’s a roof!
"When you are four nailing and miss two out of the four.” Thanks Andrew Gates with Gold Star Premium Roofing for reminding us that the nail guidlines are not just a suggestion!
George LaRoche wrote on Facebook “Someone used a 6 inch pipe for a drain sleeve - Job security!” Thanks for sharing!
Jordan Kolb at JMK Roofs on Instagram writes, "Small project we’re on today, tree went though 3 layers of shingles, 2” of plywood and ISO, then though 2x6 roof deck and 3” thick log cabin wall!”
"This roof wins the uhs award for all time worst roof!” Ultimate Home Services, We’ve all see a few and you may be right! Thanks for sharing this with us on Instagram.
It’s not your home cooked meal but it’s “Cooked!” Thanks to GJK Roofing for sharing this new shot of an old roof.
"Uhmmm, at least they tried??” Thanks to Whitney Roofing & Sheet Metal in PA for sharing.
"This roof was roofed after Katrina. Shingles, FEMA tarp, Felt paper, shingles.” Thanks Steve Lumpkin for sharing this with us on Facebook! Wow!
“You think when these new homeowners open their window for fresh air will get a surprise?” Thanks Travis Gilstrap for sharing. Pee-Whew!
What the…? Thanks Todd Whitney for sharing with with us on Facebook!
Nathan Lavendar writes “here was a repair call I received last week for TPO. Building owner hired someone unlicensed to save a little money. TPO over GTA Ouch!!!” Thanks for sharing Nathan. Anyone got a good repair shot to share?
Uh, Oh! Donny L Iverson writes “Don’t stack your bundles all in one place”. What a mess - thanks for the share.
ShoreWoodButcher shared this really scary shot with us on Instagram, "I was looking for methods of stacking shingles on a 12/12 for my roof top delivery tomorrow and found this picture.”
"That’s a new one. That’s backer insulation board, WTF! LOL.” It’s a new one for us too. Thanks Al Hornick for sharing on Facebook.
Brady Sharp writes "Saw this little gem of a repair yesterday, just had to share”. Thanks Brady, talk about color variation!
Chris Clark shared this little beauty with us on Facebook. “Pipe next to a chimney”. We really want to know more about this one!
“The things you see on a roof”, Dustin Leinen shared this innovative detail with us on Facebook. Did you find it?
Jessie Walker writes on Facebook “Looks like the new Rubbermaid attic fan”
“5V HVAC Duct and butyl tape to tie it in to the TPO… good job guys” Thanks Peter Johnston for sharing with us.
Bert Roofing from Dallas writes,
"Wind damaged TPO roof. Yikes.” Yikes is right! The only problem with this image is that we need to know more!
"Let the roofers take care of it. They cut around existing penetration and ran a new one thru without telling anyone.” Thanks RIP Leaks for sharing the daily challenges of a roofing contractor. How many other trades has the problem of other contractors damaging their work?
Starting a roof today in Salem and did a crawl space inspection...... what I found is something I've never seen before. A water slide into a drip pan. Ridiculous what some people do to their own houses. Thanks Slavin Home Improvement for sharing!
John Brett Lilly on Instagram writes,
"Always a good idea to use the proper vent for the specific disciplines... just sayin”
R.I.P.Leak writes on Instagram, "Here’s something different. Spray foam rain diverter.”
"You know you have roofing problems when.... I don't know whether to give them points for creativity or anonymously call the building department ha, ha!” Thanks Hilary Ann Clark for the share!
“Who doesn’t put their satellite dish in a hot tub on the roof?" Thank you Amanda Brooks – we needed that!
William Willard Jr writes on Facebook: "It amazes me at some of things that ROOFERS get away with!” We are hoping it wasn’t a roofer William - thanks for the share.
"This is what $30.00/sq gets you.” Thanks to K.C. Barnhardt at Quality Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Bozeman, Montana, for sharing this with us. Should be entitled “Cheapest Bid”!
Ground Floor Roofing! The safe way to roof. Thanks to Jetts3175 for sharing this with us on Instagram.
Roofs are not meant to be driven on just because it has gravel on it. Let alone a home for accident prone cars! Respect the Roof!
Look at the new jumbo size shingles. Only two pieces per square! Thanks to Paul Meissner from Iowa for sharing this shot with us. “Someone forgot to nail this properly” – No kidding Paul!
R.I.P. Leak writes, "Ummmm... In waterblock we trust #fail Overflow & drain at same level. It’s always interesting seeing what “others” come up with."
It’s Mastic abuse! "I swear the builders think we're magicians” Thanks to ARVG Roofing for sharing.
We Looked up Mish-mash in the dictionary and this is what we saw. Thanks to Travis Gilstrap for the explanation.
Truly AMAZING! "Firestone TPO...don't think this will meet warranty standards” Thanks Peter Johnston for this Photo!
LehtoRakenne Oy, a roofing company in Finland, writes this translated comment,
Wonder this kind of green roof?
What should be done...?
A. Nothing, we haven't had a rooftop after the war
B. It looks so nice to let it grow
C. I buy sheep and put them on the roof in the summer
D. Something else ...
This is just plain wrong! " Someone's pissy” Thanks to Shane Duckworth for sharing and then fixing this!
Chase-2 Hook-Em writes on Instagram “Looks good Boss!
Oh Man! That is the gift that just keeps on giving. "This was my present this morning when I took the felt off” Thanks Brett Casey for reminding us that roofing is not for the weak.
"Please post this as one of the dumbest roofer mistakes ever. This hack should be shot that's a shingle wrapper wrapped around a gas vent and caulked” Thanks to Lee Rogers for sharing.
There is an architect somewhere out there that should be slapped. We applaud Jarodbrown77 on Instagram for his bravery.
Hey, Where Did Everybody Go? Thanks SansRoofing for sharing with us on Instagram.
Solved two mysteries - found the baseball and found the clog. Joey Massre from JAM Exteriors in new jersey writes, "Get your gutters cleaned! That ball caused flooding in the basement.”
Ah, a favorite type of innovation - pipe flashings! "3ply pipe boot flashing” Thanks to @blacksquareroofing sharing this on Instagram
One.. Two.. Tree?! Many thanks to Refined Roofing for sending us this special detail. “Hey, do you have any specifications for flashing a roof to tree detail?”
Ryan the Roofer writes on Instagram, "Hello. Yes, I found your missing roof.”
Woody was here - and he was busy!
"I fell through it was funny though”. If I was your mother, your wife, or your BOSS I wouldn’t be laughing. Please use this as a friendly reminder to use a little extra caution this year. Sometimes these things are unforeseen so perhaps a silent nod to the Big Guy should be added to all future safety meetings. Thanks for @J_Tonche for sharing with with us on Instagram.
New form of roof reinforcement? fabric, fiberglass, mesh, paint brush? "I think I found out what happened to the last roofer's paint brush”. Thanks to @Jetts3175 for sharing this with us on Instagram. Shout out to our friends at American Roof Tools - someone needs a new paint bush!
This week on the RCS Forum: Roof Ventilation Education
Wow if this is not a powerful image that building owners need to see we don’t know what is! "Had a call to fix a major leak today. We get up on the roof to find this lake. The drain was not up to code in any way, and had no dome to prevent pine needles from clogging it. Just to clarify this was NOT a D&J Roofing inc roof” Thanks to "@the_roof_pros _” of D&J Roofing inc for sharing this on Instagram.
Jim R. Hubart Roofing shared this shot on Instagram. It looks so creepy! Jim wrote, "If it’s not done right the first time, it can be years of frustration “band-aiding” it and expecting others to “find it”.”
So, of all of the ugly repairs you see what are messed up the most? Flashings, Ridge or Valleys? Thanks Frankie Gintoli for sharing this with us on Facebook.
"Tore these off a house today way before 3 tabs”. Who can guess the age? Thanks BA Propst for the share.
One of our favorite contributors CLVR83 shared this with us on our RCS Forum "I know there is a saying about an architects dream…” Yes, that is a roof!
Someone actually cut this tile to force it to leak - How the simplest little details can just shock you! Thanks RipLeak for sharing this with us on Instagram.
"Just think about how much better this will seal if I use the whole pail!” said No-one EVER. Thanks to Jetts3175 for sharing this with us on Instagram.
Ryan the Roofer writes on Instagram ."Do we give them credit for trying? Other guy thought the inverted bucket was the better idea.”