Leaky Roof Repair: How to Avoid Future Damage To Your Home
Of all the household problems that can be procrastinated, a leaky roof is definitely not one of them, but in fact, is serious business. Leaks in your roof can spiral out of control, leading to rot, decay, and serious structural damage. Even the smallest leak in your roof can be critical for your entire household, and in worse cases can pose many safety and health risks.
Whether it’s weather conditions, age or other factors, leaks in roofs are inevitable, and in most cases do require professional help.
How to Tell if You Have a Leaky Roof?
Identifying a leaky roof is easy, right!? Just look for dripping water spots from the ceiling! Well, not exactly—many leaks in roofs are tricky to spot if you don’t know what to look for. Here are a few clues that generally lead to the conclusion that you’re going to need leaky roof repair.
1. Spots on the ceilings
Spots on your interior ceilings are one of the obvious signs of a leaky roof. These spots are often brownish in color. Wet spots can be located in all areas of the ceiling, but you should take a closer look at corners and alcoves because these are areas where they’re likely to be missed.
2. Wet pipes
Pipes can be wet and/or rusty for several reasons, most commonly caused by rainwater leaking into your home. If your stove pipe on your fireplace feels wet to the touch or is rusty, then you’ve probably got a leaky roof problem. In most cases, this is an easy fix by a professional, as the main cause is when the stove pipe is not properly sealed, allowing rainwater to seep into your home.
3. Damaged roof shingles
It’s a good practice to check your roof for leaks often and examine the shingles for damage. If your shingles are damaged, they might be letting in water.
4. Exterior wall growth
While checking the roof, inspect the exterior of your walls for excess fungi, mold, or moss growth. These growths are quite common in homes, but tend to thrive in wet conditions, and are often caused by a leaky roof letting water into your walls. However, it’s worth mentioning that excess growth of fungi, mold, or moss can also be caused due to one area of your home being damper than others.
If you notice drippage in your home, it’s a tell-tale sign of a leaky roof. In this case, it’s best to get the problem looked at and fixed by a professional because it might turn into an expensive problem if ignored.
Who to Call to Inspect a Leaky Roof?
You should call a reputable local roofing contractor to inspect your leaky roof. Another reason to call a local professional roofing contractor is that they know what needs to be done, and will fix it right the first time. Professional roofing contractors are also aware of the paperwork required, what installation codes to follow, and everything else they need to fix your roof in compliance with your state’s requirements.
The first thing a contractor does is inspect the entire roof to track down the leak. Next, your roofing contractor will also take a look at other areas of your home to determine the reason for the leak.
Can You Fix a Leaky Roof Yourself? Why Shouldn’t You?
Sure, you can! It’s a tiny leak, and besides, there are countless videos on YouTube to help you, and the supplies are easily available at your local hardware store. Well, not so fast! As tempting as it may seem to fix a leaky roof yourself, there are a few compelling reasons why this job should be left to professionals.
First, roofing contractors have a wealth of experience and know exactly how to fix a damaged roof. You don’t, and as such may create a bigger, more expensive problem to fix.
You will actually be spending more because you have to pay for tools, shingles, and pay even more by calling professional help if your work fails.
Adding to this, you may void your manufacturer warranty or in worse cases might not be eligible for homeowner’s insurance since you caused the damage to your own house.
Why Hire a Certified Roofing Contractor for Leaky Roof Repair?
As mentioned earlier, certified roofing contractors have years of experience under their belt, so you can rest assured the job will be done perfectly. Plus, most certified contractors also provide a guarantee on their work and have the necessary tools to repair your leaky roof.
Repairing a leaky roof is not a piece of cake, but can be a lengthy process that entails assessing the roof, finding the leak, and then determining the right solution to fix the leak.
What’s the Average Cost for a Leaky Roof Repair?
The cost for a leaky roof repair depends on the extent of the damage but is between $300 and $1,000 nationwide. Most people pay around $650 to fix a minor to moderate leak issue but at the lower end, you may be able to get a small roof leak fixed for roughly $200. However, it’s best to just call your local roofing experts and ask for a quick quote. Chances are – they’ll be able to come out within a day or so.
Why is RoofTec Precision Exteriors the Best Choice to Fix Your Leaky Roof?
RoofTec Precision Exteriors is your #1 choice in fixing leaky roofs, and anything that’s over your head! Locally owned and operated, our company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, so you never have to worry about liabilities and accidents. We are also OSHA Certified, and long-standing members of the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the National Women in Roofing organizations.
When it comes to experience, we lead the pack with 30 years of combined experience in residential roofing, multi-family and commercial roofing, and home restoration services in beautiful Westminster, Colorado.