Questions To Ask Your Roofer About Your Leaky Roof

Do you own a home with a leaky roof? Are you getting tired of it raining indoors when it's pouring outside? Having a leaky roof can be a frustrating experience. If not repaired promptly, roof leaks can get worse with every passing storm. But before hiring a roofer to take care of the problem, here are a few questions that you should ask him or her:

Is my roof actually leaking? If you live in an area of the country like Seattle, where there is precipitation for almost half the year, it can be difficult to tell a roof leak from a pipe that's starting to leak in the attic. A good roofer will look at both the top of the roof and the underside in order to pinpoint any roof leaks. Although a roofer is not a plumber, he or she should be willing to let you know when the issue doesn't actually lie with your roof. 

Does the whole roof need to be replaced? Beware of supposedly professional roofers who tell you that the only answer to any type of roof leaks is to replace the entire roof. While you do sometimes need to replace the whole roof, chances are also good that this is completely unnecessary. Many roof leaks are caused not by the shingles becoming damaged but by the area around your flashing decaying. Flashing on your roof consists of strips of metal that go around vents or chimneys that protrude through the roof. These strips of metal guide the water away from the holes in your roof, preventing leaks. But if thermal expansion and contraction causes your chimney's bricks to decay slightly, water can start to get in. Fortunately, replacing the flashing should solve the problem.

How long will fixing the roof leaks take? If it turns out that your whole roof needs replacing, know this can take several days for your roofer to accomplish. On the other hand, simply replacing the flashing in an area can be finished in the span of an afternoon. Before agreeing to any repairs, be sure that you're aware of exactly what you're agreeing to and how long it will take. If the repair will take days but you're leaving on an important business trip tomorrow, you may want to ask if temporary measures, such as a tarp over the affected area, can postpone the issue until you get back home again. Go to websites with more information for further help.