Why won’t my roof stop leaking?

It is a common question that mystifies homeowners on a daily basis, and it can frequently be solved with a quick fix. But what happens when you’ve had not one, not two, but three contractors come out to fix it? This scenario occurs far more often than it should. Recently, a woman, we’ll call her Mary, had a leak that would not quit coming down near the rear wall of her house. The leak was near the chimney and an extended part of the roof. Finally, she was referred to the leading College Station roofing company, and here’s what they found out:

The other roofing contractors did not care.

One of the other contractors said there was no problem with Mary’s roof, and told her not to bother them again unless there’s a real problem. The other cheap contractors tried to patch up all of the crevices and corners on the roof. One of them just put caulk along the edges, saying that it would prevent all leaks. If your roofing contractor does not care to help you, to really ensure that you will have a reliable roof over your head, then you will undoubtedly end up with a bad roof. Make sure that you go with a College Station roofer that has a proven record of customer satisfaction and is fully licensed.

Looks can be deceiving.

Mary had been told multiple times that everything was fine; the shingles were all installed correctly. She knew that something else had to be going on, so she called a gutter expert. Since the leak seemed to be coming in near one of the gutters, she figured it had to be something to do with the gutter system and not the roof directly. Wrong again. After spending the money to have the gutters completely replaced, the leak persisted. Schulte Roofing listened to her story, and went directly to the source of the leak: the flashing along the chimney on the roof. The flashing is a lining that is installed against the edges of roofs and can be made of different metals or lead. It is one of the most important parts of a roofing installation, and should only be handled by professional roofers.

Initial roofing install was faulty.

It is of utmost importance that your roof is installed correctly the first time. This can save you time, money, and headaches. Because of the initial roofer’s bad install, Mary had paid thousands of dollars to repair damage inside the house as well as to have three other contractors try to repair the roof. The original roofing contractor did not take the time or put in care and proper technique into the installation. It was finally revealed that the flashing along the chimney had not been installed correctly, so the trusted contractor repaired, replaced, and tested the work to ensure that a leak would not reoccur. Sometimes, something as simple as going with a professional College Station roofer can slip by a homeowner, but this can save you a world of trouble in the long run.