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What Are Roof Boots?

Roof boots work together with the pipes that run up from the kitchen or bathroom. They allow moist, warm air to be released from these spaces that often harbor humidity when used.

The hot, wet air that hangs in the air after a shower or the warm dampness from cooking in the kitchen needs a place to go. Roof vents and their boots allow for the moisture to release from the structure while also preventing water from getting into the home through the same pipe.

They are a great option for ventilation, but not without their issues and potential problems to look out for.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Pipe Boots on a Roof?

The pipe boots on a roof, also called roof boots or roof vent boots, play an important role in protecting a home from water damage.

The boots are either bendable metal pieces that can be formed to the shape of the roof and the pipe, blocking out water seepage, or rubber gaskets that serve the same purpose. Both have issues.

Metal can break over time, or roofing materials may warp, pulling away from the metal and exposing the home to leaks. Rubber gaskets can grow loose or get brittle and break.

Unless there is direct damage to your roof, it may not be readily apparent when pipe boots need replacing. This is one of the reasons why getting a regular roof tune-up is recommended. It can help you identify issues with roof vent boots and respond before mold, mildew, and water damage happen.

What Are Roof Climbing Boots?

Not to be confused with roof boots or pipe boots, roof climbing boots generally refer to the boots worn by roofers. They help them avoid slipping or falling.

Are There Different Types of Roof Boots?

Yes. In addition to the fact that there are metal and rubber options, there are also expensive and cheap versions of each. The cheap versions do not last as long and are more likely to fail early on compared to the more expensive, well-made versions.

If you are unsure which option was chosen by the original roofer, it’s important to check the roof every few years to make sure everything is as it should be.

How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace Roof Boots?

Cost of installation and repair will vary depending on the following:

  • The number of pipe roof boots needed
  • The type of roof boots chosen
  • The slope of the roof and other factors that impact accessibility

In general, it may cost anywhere from $200 to $600 for roof boot installation or replacement.

Pipe Boots Roof Installation by Four Seasons Roofing

If you would like to have your roof assessed for pipe boot replacement or installation, contact Four Seasons Roofing today and set up your free consultation.

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