In ten years I have seen many interesting things from the bird’s eye view of the roof. One of the more surprising was the first time I discovered that a leak, damaging a local church, was caused by a bullet. That is right, a bullet, apparently dropped from the sky and penetrated the roof material causing a leak.
After digging over half a dozen bullets from roofs on both sides of the state line, I can say with confidence, that no matter how a bullet went up, it enters a roof with the point down. It is arresting how much damage can be done inside a building from a finger sized hole. In most cases the bullet is still in the hole, rarely does the bullet penetrate all the way through. In one case I was completing a roof investigation and saw what looked like a copper pipe protruding. I removed it, repaired the hole and realized it was the end of a bullet. Whether the bullet penetrates or is still lodged in the hole, both are capable of causing similar damage inside the building.
I received a distressing call from a church we roofed a year earlier. A leak in the roof caused massive damage in the foyer of the church. There was concern on the part of those at the church, that something had gone wrong with the installation. The roof and the installation were perfect. A bullet had pierced the single-ply membrane right above a heater vent. The rain coming through the hole, followed the heater vent to the front of the church and dumped on the ceiling and onto the floor. We had the bullet hole repaired for good and contracted repair crews to return the church to its pre-leak condition. A leak has many causes, it is our responsibility to prevent them, and when they can’t be prevented, to make things right again.