My Roof is Leaking — What Next?
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Couple of upfront points about repairing roofs:
Working in the rain and wet…
It usually is not going to be possible to repair a leak in the rain or wet.
It is possible to tarp a roof in the rain, although it is probably not advisable because of the hazard and danger of being on wet roofs to workers. Tarp fees vary from $250 to >$1000 depending on the size complexity and steepness of the roofs.
There are 2 instances where Tarps are a great mechanism to use
- If an owner can not afford a roof repair or new roof.
Here at Litespeed Construction we aim to provide solutions to this concern. We offer bronze, silver and gold packages to fit the financial needs of our clients, and in addition we also have financing options. Click here to read more about our financing programs.
- Tarps are also a great mechanism if for any owner who wants to preserve the condition of a storm damaged roof or shingles for an insurance adjuster to look at.
“While you have an obligation to prevent further damage, do not make any additional repairs above and beyond what is necessary to prevent further damage prior to the insurance company’s inspection. The insurance company is entitled to inspect the damage, and by making repairs, you are preventing the insurance company from doing so. If temporary repairs are needed to prevent further damage, make sure you properly photograph the damage prior to making the repairs and that you also keep all of the receipts with proof of payment.” – Quoted From: https://mckenzielawfirm.com/2017/06/20/the-aftermath-of-a-hurricane-how-to-handle-your-insurance-claim/
Otherwise, we usually suggest repairing or replacing a roof over tarping a roof. The nails that tarping require can cause further damages and tarps rarely make sense outside of the 2 mentioned reasons.
Help us help you!
5 Things We look for to help quote or identify a roof leak or repair
#1: Roof Age
The age of the roof. This will tell us if you should be considering the price of a new roof along with a repair. Any history of repairs to the roof will also be useful here.
What (if any) damages the roof might have sustained:
- High Winds
- Tree Limbs
- Old Storm damages
- Missing Shingles
Whatever the case may be, the more that you know, the more you can help us help you.
Any photos that you might have, or at least a general description of the area of leak, so that we can possibly street view or google view the affected areas. Is it a chimney, a valley, a ridge or a field of the roof?
(Show pic of a roof from street view with arrow pointing to it, like a leak.)
This is very important so that we can know what type of safety equipment that we need to have prepared, and what our time frame will be on getting onto your property. Help us help you with this information please.
#4: Insurance Company
Have you already called your insurance company?
Any relevant information about your insurance policy or insurance company. How long have you been with your insurance company, how many claims have you had in the recent past. This is something that we can suggest to be prepared with, not necessarily to take action on.
#5: Calling The Insurance Company Is Optional
Be aware that not all roof leaks require you to immediately call your insurance company. The majority of roof leaks are not handled by insurance companies. 75% or greater of roof leaks end up being cash type work, not insurance funded.
Contacting your insurance company may make sense in the event of a leak, but most like your insurance company suggestion and our strong suggestion is that you get the situation or leak evaluated by a contractor before you ever call your agent.
How to Help Us Help You
Expect to hear back from our project managers on the same day. We try and either have them email or text you a picture of their business cards for your convenience.
Help us help you, and get your project manager the best information possible, as mentioned in points above.
In many instances, the project managers might recommend a ROOF TUNE-UP. The Tune-up will include anything that we can perform without having to open a roof, tear off shingles, or get into any major repairs. The cost of a Tune-up depends on the size and steepness of a roof.
Our estimates are free, but if we end up being able to identify and resolve a leak on site, we will usually recommend the service and begin the process of helping you understand what you are paying for. Usually if we can agree and perform this work, we will go ahead and fix it.Our estimates are free, but if we end up being able to identify and resolve a leak on site, we will usually recommend the service and begin the process of helping you understand what you are paying for. Usually if we can agree and perform this work, we will go ahead and fix it.