What to do when your roof starts leaking!
Updated: Sep 22
Help! During rainy week in South Florida, my roof is leaking into my home. How do I get it fixed?
Roof leaks, if not addressed promptly, can lead to expensive repairs and moldy indoor air that can affect the health of you and your family. It is strongly recommended that Homeowners look for water stains on ceilings and in the attic. This goes a long way to head off any serious issues.
The most common warning signs of a leak are:
Musty odors in the home.
Water stains on your ceiling.
Spots on your exterior walls.
Bulging patches on your interior walls.
If a leak is detected the first thing you should do is limit the damage by putting out buckets under drips to protect the home’s flooring and furniture.
Your next step is to contact your Insurance Agent is the storm or hail caused any damage to your roof. Call you agent to discuss the situation, share what you observed, and share any pictures that you may have taken. The agent may be able to call or recommend someone to make temporary repairs, install a tarp over the roof, if necessary, or suggest you find someone on your own.
If the cost of repairs is less than your insurance deductible, then dealing with the problem yourself probably makes the most sense. Your insurance coverage does not cover damage that’s unrelated to storms. You’re on your own if the roof is so old that asphalt shingles have lost most of their surface granules, which shields the shingles from damage by ultraviolet rays, or if leaves or needles were left piled up for months.
Now it is time to get that leaky roof fixed!
If you want to get your roof fixed right the first time, you should call a licensed roofing contractor.
Here are a few tips to help you choose the right contractor:
Get several quotes from different companies
Make sure your contractor is licensed, insured and will pull all required permits & notices
Be sure your contractor agrees to locate and repair all wood damage before re-roofing your home (if a complete re-roof is required).
Ask about the guarantee and the expected life of the new roof
Do not sign a contract until you’re comfortable each of these important requirements has been met. Also beware of fly-by-night companies that may try to take advantage of you – especially after a natural disaster.
If you have questions about leaks, repairs, roofing systems, or need a free estimate, feel free to contact the experts at Fresh Home Roofing. As a locally owned and operated business, we have proudly served people in South Florida for more than 30 years. Learn more about our services by calling our representatives at (866) 373-7410 today.