So there you are. Sitting in your kitchen enjoying a nice dinner, slow steady rain beating on your windows. The distant crack of thunder and flash of lighting makes you think, how much longer will this last. Then all of the sudden drip right on your kitchen table from that leaky roof.
When did we get a leaky roof?
The first logical thing you do is say a few choice words. Then walk outside and look up to diagnose the problem yourself. Hey, what do you know about roof problems and leaks you ask yourself? Then you make the dreaded call to your local roofing contractor.
You are in luck, or are you?
If you are, fortunate you just had your roof replaced a few years’ prior and it is still under warranty. You call your previous contractor and let them know the location and severity of the leak and they schedule a time to come look at the issue.
If you are unfortunate, you had your roof replaced a few years prior and call your contractor they do not answer or they are no longer in business. Maybe worse, you have not had your roof replaced or you just bought the house and are not sure if there is any type of warranty on the roof.
What is the problem?
If you happen to be, one of the fortunate ones and your roof was recently replaced, your roofing contractor is reliable and stands behind his work, and then you should not have a problem. The contractor will come out, assess the problem, and promptly resolve it.
Chances are, it is something minor that can be addressed quickly. It may be a faulty pipe collar, or something damaged from the storm. Either way a reliable contractor will address the problem promptly and get you back to your family life.
If you are not one of the fortunate ones you have one of two options.
- Climb up and try to assess and fix the problem yourself.
- Call a Roofing contractor that knows what they are doing and let them worry about it.
Now you would think, this is a no brainer. Who would not call a contractor to fix a leaky roof? Well I am in no way against a DIY repair and if you can handle it I am ok with that. Let me warn you though, you could potentially cost yourself more money. You could go up there, throw a bunch of tar on it and call it a day. It may work, more than likely it wont on the long term. You then have to pay a contractor more money to fix the tar mess and the roof leak, not to mention any interior damage that comes from the leak.
I know, I know, you are saying of course a “roofing contractor” would tell me to call a contractor. I can do it myself and save myself some money. Do us all a favor, call a roofer and have it fixed right the first time. Save yourself money, the risk and ultimately the time, have it fixed the right way.