Getting rid of the leaks around your roof vent pipes does not mean getting rid of the vent pipes altogether. When you are frustrated because you keep getting those nasty water stains in your ceiling and you know there is a considerable damage being done to the structure of your home before you even see the stains, you may be inclined to rip your vent pipes out forever.
Do not be quite so hasty! Those pipes are there for a reason – not just as an anchor point for your roof top holiday display! Anywhere wastewater is produced in your home at plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets and showers a vent pipe is needed. The waste ever ends up in the sewer system connected to your house, but the gases produced needs a place to go and that is quite the function of your roof vent pipes. Without the pipes you would be inundated with foul odors inside your home.
You could also have the rubber boot replaced with other flashing solutions such as lead pipe flashing that are not nearly as suspect to the weather as rubber. Your roofing contractor can advise you on the latest technology in repairing roof ventilation pipe leaks. The important point is to have it handled before it becomes more costly.