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My New Roof Is Leaking – Now What?

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you are roofing a house and apparently one or more of them has happened to you. While this is very frustrating it is not entirely unheard of and hopefully you picked a reputable contractor who will work with you in a timely manner to get this fixed.

Chances are good that you found out if something was wrong with your roof during the first rain after your roof was installed on your roof. Hopefully it was a light drizzle or was over quickly so you can diagnose the problem and get it fixed without much water damage. If you are getting water in your home you should call your roofer now and insist that either the lead person on your project come over now or if they are not available you should insist that someone else who knows what they are doing come and try to find the leak.

One of the most common reasons for leaking roofs is improper flashing or improper caulking along the flashing. Anywhere on your roof that the roof ends and encounters a wall, chimney, or other roof accessory should be flashed and caulked to prevent leaking into your home. If you see that your chimney or other area of ​​your home is not being properly flashed during installation it is your job to speak up and demand that they install the flashing on your project. All reputable contractors should own up to their mistake and flash any part that they forgot but if you meet someone who refuses to fix their mistake it would be worth finding a new roofing contractor (asap) who can fix this so you do not get permanent water damage inside your home.

When you get your roof watertight you can go back and argument with the previous contractor to try to get him to pay for the repairs, file complaints with the BBB, or even line up (or threaten) legal council to fight for your compensation in court .

If there were high winds during the storm that caused the leaking your roofer may not have used a starter strip of shingles. All major manufacturers sell a strip of roofing designed to be the very first layer put down. This starter strip looks like other shingles except that it has one to two rows of an asphalt based binder that is meant to protect your shingles being lifted up and raised under during high storm storms.

If starter shingles were not installed you can hire someone to slap some roofing tar up there the entire length of your shingles to prevent any more wind-driven rain from entering your home. This is a repair you might be able to do yourself if you are trying to salvage a bad roofing job.

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