DIY fix a leaking roof
- Find the leak
- Be Safe
Protecting your home from rain damage
- Be sure your downspouts and rain gutters are not clogged
- Make sure that your home isn’t sitting in a puddle of water; make sure that water runs-off your home’s perimeter
- If you do have water surrounding your home’s foundation use a pump to remove it (not as much of an issue here in Southern Arizona)
- Inspect your roof on a regular basis to avoid any surprises, if you do find a problem – don’t put it off
Scheduling roofing repair or replacement
The worst time to have your roof repaired is right after a big storm; like the one we are experiencing right now. Every single roofing company is currently, and will be, slammed with repairs and re-roofing projects over the next 30 days.
This can be very frustrating, as any legitimate roofing company may need to schedule your project out upwards of a month or two.
In the roofing industry there are roofing companies labeled as “Storm Chasers”. These are companies that make their money by constantly traveling to locations that are seeing heavy rain -- and usually, overcharge for their services. These companies are willing to provide quick service during busy times, but they are not always trustworthy. They are not established locally and it's difficult to hold them accountable for their work; don’t expect a service warranty.
To obtain the best service, it is always wise to schedule your repairs or roofing projects before the monsoon season, or before storms are upon us. You get your choice of legitimate roofing companies, they are willing to provide good customer service, and best of all, you will get a competitive price. During slower times contractors are willing to give fast and free bids; giving your the luxury of comparing deliverables vs. cost.
Moreover, when roofing companies are slow, it is likely that the owner of the company (or someone higher-up) will be supervising your project. This makes a big difference, especially when you’re undergoing a re-roofing project: You are paying a good amount of money for your new roof, you want the job to be done right. A roof that lasts for 20 years, like it should, is much different than a roof that begins showing problems after 5 – 10 years.
By Juan Luis Leon Lopez
Feel free to contact us with any questions, or to schedule your next re-roofing or roofing repair project in Phoenix, AZ.