A leaking roof is a problem that makes a homeowner shutter. When water starts pouring down your walls or through your ceilings, it can make you feel helpless. By the time you see the leak, there has already been a considerable amount of damage and roof repair is mandatory.
Once you have discovered a leak or a water stain as evidence that something is leaking, you need to make your roof repair a high priority. The longer a leak remains without being properly repaired, the more challenges you will face in remedying the issue. Water damage can affect the roof structure, the attic and ceilings below the leak. Ongoing leaks can result in many nasty problems including mold that can be hazardous to those living in the house.
Here are a few tips to make sure you get a quality roof repair:
- If a new leak starts from some kind of damage to the roof during a storm, immediately call a reputable roofer that not only can repair the roof but also help you through the insurance claim process from start to finish. Choosing a quality roofing company that will do the job right the first time is a challenge for many homeowners. Check to make sure the one you call has the proper credentials, licenses and insurance and is known and recommended in the community by other homeowners and has quality reviews on review sites like Yelp or Google+ Local.
- Before you hire the roofer, make sure they come out, assess the situation and provide a professional quote. There is more involved in repairing a leaky roof than replacing a couple of shingles. A qualified roofer will find the actual source of the leak even before they give you a quote to be sure they provide an accurate estimate of the work that is required. Water can travel quite a distance from where the actual leak originates, therefore finding the source of the leak is critical in order to properly repair and prevent more damage. Only then, once the problem has been identified can the repairs begin.
- The work required to fix a leaking roof usually involves more than just replacing a couple of shingles. To do the job right, the roofer may suggest that they remove the shingles from a much larger section of roof based on the roof’s shape, angles and corners to lessen the chance of water leaking under a small patch of newly placed shingles and creating new leaks. If the contractor has come highly recommended, trust their judgement and let them fix the problem the way they suggest. Taking shortcuts will only result in more issues later on.
Now that you have the roof repaired, prevent future leaks by having your roof inspected regularly by an experienced roofer. By making roof inspection a regular part of your home maintenance, you can avoid costly future roof repair since they should be able to find trouble spots before they become actual issues. Whatever problems they find during the inspection, have them provide an estimate on fixing them now to save you from having to deal with a more serious problem later.
Even though a roof replacement should last you many years, as a homeowner, you should partner with a reputable roofer that you can periodically call to inspect and keep your roof in good shape.