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New Construction Defect: Improper Exhaust Hood Installation
Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are vented to the outside via a flue connecting to an exhaust hood at the roof (see photo above) to allow moist air (and smoke) to escape from the home. However, builders who forget to plan for such necessities before the roof cover is installed must retrofit these vents and hoods -- with sometimes startling results.  

The photo above shows one Florida builder's attempt to install a kitchen exhaust fan vent hood after the fact.  Due to the visibly broken shingle and the excessively wide open pattern of the black tar-like roofer's cement surrounding this vent, it would appear that the shingles were improperly torn away (possibly with the claw of a hammer) with little care or forethought for how the vent hood and flashing would be properly fitted to prevent future water penetration.

The roofer's cement surrounding this vent will age and dry -- becoming brittle -- and this vent will become a premature roof leak.

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