One of my most favorite customer calls is when the customer states “It only leaks when it rains”! I would be concerned if it leaked when it is not raining. There are several reasons your roof may be leaking. Lets examine some possibilities.
1. Missing shingles- In high winds or hail shingles may blow off. To repair blown off shingles you first match the shingles for color and manufacturer. Next install the shingles to manufacturers specifications. Due to the fact that you must match and purchase a bundle of shingles and have a service call you may be looking at a $250.00 service call charge for this repair.
2. Boots- Neoprene (rubber) boots can disintegrate over time. This is why we always suggest lead boots. Lead boots are slightly more expensive but will last much longer. Even though you incur the cost of the lead boots in the beginning you may save yourself the hassle of inuring interior damage. To remove boot and replace with a lead boot a service call of $200.00 may be incurred.
3. Flashing- Flashing is metal installed around chimneys, dormers, and skylights. If flashing is not installed properly or becomes damaged it can lead to leaks. This is a difficult one to put a price on. Shingles surrounding the area must be removed and replaced. Siding may need to be manipulated and flashing will be need to be made to secure the area. A service charge for flashing repair can be from $200-$900.
4. Incorrect roofing materials used- If a roof is under a 3/12 it is suggested that roofing made specifically for flat roofs be used. The area will need to be completely removed and new roofing material installed. you can expect a $350.00 charge per square to be removed and replaced. Damaged wood is an additional $40.00 per sheet.
5. IT IS NOT YOUR ROOF!- Ok, here is the shocker. It may not even be your roof. Water is a very powerful source. if there is the slightest hole in your siding it may get in and appear as a roof leak. I have also seen water getting into windows and appearing as a roof leak in other areas of the home. To remove and replace siding you are looking at a service charge to remove and repair the damaged area this can be anywhere from $225 or as much as $375 per square (depending on the quality of siding). If the leaky windows are the culprit you can caulk them yourself and save the service charge!
Safety first! I encourage everyone to be safe and never get on your roof yourself. Call a licensed roofer to examine your roof leak.
Sarah Ryterski, Owner Ryterski Remodeling Inc. Call to chat anytime! (618) 558-2675.