Roof Leak Facts

A leaking roof is a common problem that can cause extensive damage to your home or business. If you suspect that your roof is leaking, it is important to take action immediately to prevent further damage.

If you have any questions about a leaking roof, it is always best to contact us.  We are NOT a roofing company!  We are a roof leak detection and repair company. If we do find you need a new roof, we will recommend a reputable roofer to you. 

Unlike typical general contractors and roofers, we will be able to assess the damage and provide you with the best solution for your needs.

There are many frequently asked questions about leaking roofs. Some of the most common questions include the following:

From our experience, 90% of the time when a roof is leaking, the homeowner can get typically on average 10 to 15 years more life on their roof before replacement. Some items on a roof are just maintenance items that can be serviced without an entire roof replacement. There are too many roofers selling a homeowner a new roof when they do not need one.

Follow these steps if your residential or commercial building roof is leaking:

  1. Call us right away! 610-948-8174. We will be able to assess the damage and provide and estimate for permanent repairs.
  2. If possible, cover the leaking area with a tarp. This will help to prevent further damage to your home or business interior.
  3. Move furniture and belongings away from the affected area. This will help to prevent water damage.
  4. Turn off the power to the area. This will prevent an electrical shock hazard.

Call us today. We’ll come and assess the situation. From there, we can give an estimate and do a repair on site typically for most roof leaks.

Typically, you would call us first. We would be able to tell you if it’s insurance related or not.

It depends on the repair. If it is caused from wind, it usually is covered.  We’ll provide you with an estimate.  Use this to check with your insurance provider.

No. Typically, if you have a roof leak, it’s not covered by insurance. Most roof leaks are from wear and tear, and not storm-related like high-wind damage. Insurance companies will not get involved for wear and tear items.  If high winds caused the damage, and that is the cause of your leak, then insurance will likely cover it.

The reason you are seeing your roof leak in heavy rains is not so much the heaviness of the rain, but the volume of water that is coming into your house. The insulation in your attic absorbs a lot of the water as it is dripping, but after it is completely saturated, it starts to drip onto the drywall, and then that’s when you start seeing it.

The fastest way to fix a leaking roof is to call a professional roof leak detection specialist. We will be able to assess the damage and provide temporary or permanent repairs.  Of course, speed of the repair really depends on what’s causing the leak.

Flexseal is one of the worst products ever marketed for the roof repair industry. It dries out very quickly and cracks, and it hardly works half the time to stop the leak in the first place. It’s only just a Band-Aid for the homeowner and never considered to be used as a permanent repair.  

A leaky roof will not typically collapse. It will rot the plywood under the shingles, so when the roofer goes onto the roof, he could get injured by falling through. Most of the time it’s because the plywood has been wet for a long time.

Most leaks stem from vent pipes, metal flashing damage from wind or from poor installation, damaged or deteriorated shingles, ice-damming in cold climate areas in winter time snow events, and many other possibilities.  This is why an inpection is needed first.  Keep in mind, sometimes there is more than one leak! We fix the obvious leaks first, of course, but there could be other leaks afterwards hidden by the large leak. 

It’s always best to have your leak stopped as soon as possible.  Water coming into the house can allow for mold growth in dark spaces in your walls an ceilings, and also rot  wood structures leading to a higher repair cost.