How to Avoid Leaks in Your Roof and Save Hundreds of Dollars

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 1:00 AM | 46 Comments

Your home’s roof has many functions, one of the most important of which is keeping water out. If your roof is unable to keep the water out, then you end up with ruined possessions, water damage and huge repair bills. Save yourself the hassle of dealing with a leaky roof and all of its consequences.

How to Avoid Leaks in Your Roof and Save Hundreds of Dollars

Here are five ways to avoid leaks in your roof and save yourself hundreds of dollars.

  1. Choose a Simple Roof Design

    Your roof’s design is not the place to get fancy. Complicated roof designs not only cost you more, but they are also more prone to leaks. The more valleys your roof has, the more places water can pool and cause damage. Choose a simple gable or hipped design for an attractive roof design that is less likely to cause problems.

  2. Choose the Right Materials

    When choosing your roofing materials, be sure to choose something practical as well as something attractive. Asphalt shingles are one excellent choice since they are easy and affordable to repair. Steel roofing is an excellent choice as well, since it tends to last for a long time.

  3. Choose a Professional Roofing Company

    No matter which design and materials you choose, your roof is only going to keep you dry if it is installed correctly. Hire experienced, professional roofers like North York Roofers roofers T. Simpson Roofing. While experienced roofers may cost more upfront, hiring quality roofers will save you a bundle in the long run.

  4. Repair as Needed

    If you notice a small leak in your ceiling, do not wait and hope for the best. Leaks only get bigger with time, and the damage they cause in the meantime can be very costly. Fix any and all leaks as soon as you notice them to minimize the damage.

  5. Replace When Needed

    Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20 years, while clay, concrete and copper roofs can last as long as 100 years. All roofs do need to be replaced eventually, however. Otherwise, they wear out and start to leak. By replacing your roof when it needs it, you can avoid this.

While some homeowners may think that an occasional leak is unavoidable, the truth is that there is no reason your roof should leak if you follow these five easy steps.

With a little bit of maintenance and repair, your roof should function as a very effective seal between your home and the outside elements, keeping you warm and dry.

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  1. 46 Responses to “How to Avoid Leaks in Your Roof and Save Hundreds of Dollars”

  2. By Paul Brown on Aug 10, 2014, 10:12 am | Reply

    Also, make sure that you do a regular roof checkup as to avoid any further damage on the roof. American Prestige Roofing

  3. By American Prestige Roofing on Sep 21, 2014, 11:49 am | Reply

    Basically, roof is to keep everything in your house safe that includes changing weather.

  4. By Josh Duncan on Nov 22, 2014, 4:35 am | Reply

    Checking regularly your roof would also help.
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  5. By Carl Cantrell on Dec 28, 2014, 5:07 pm | Reply

    Whether we like it or not, even well-built roof will wear out. It’s very important to regularly check your proof for damages to keep your family safe all the time.

  6. By Frank Covert on Jan 13, 2015, 3:35 am | Reply

    I believe in simple ways, and these 5 steps are really very helpful.

  7. By Johnny on May 1, 2015, 2:40 pm | Reply

    I like what you said about having a simple roof design. In my opinion simple roof designs look better anyway. It’s good to know that it prevents leaks as well.

  8. By Delores Lyon on May 8, 2015, 8:05 pm | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this advice on having a good roof! I agree that it is important to have a good roofing company take care of your roof, especially if you are making big repairs. That way, you can have your roof guaranteed by the contractors who repaired or built it. That’s definitely a great way to save on repairs if you find yourself with any leaks!

  9. By roofing NJ on May 11, 2015, 4:52 am | Reply

    Don’t put yourself at risk of sustaining injury in an effort to save a few dollars. Hire someone who has the training necessary to complete the job without significant risk.

  10. By Gerald Vonberger on May 11, 2015, 4:51 pm | Reply

    I didn’t realize that the complexity of the roof design had such a big effect on its propensity to leakage. It’s also interesting that the materials can also prevent leakage. It’s good to know that you can still have an attractive roof design with good-looking materials and still prevent leakage and other issues.

  11. By Liza on May 20, 2015, 12:42 am | Reply

    I know two things for avoiding leaks one is maintenance and second is Liquid roof RV Repair you can avoid leaks in every season and for long time wit surety.

  12. By Jack White on May 28, 2015, 4:13 pm | Reply

    I had a debate with my friend about getting a designed roof. I was on the side of not doing it because of how much harder the roof maintenance people would have to work. The prices for fixing the designs is way more than a standard roof repair.

  13. By Jaf Roofing Riverdale NJ on May 31, 2015, 10:33 pm | Reply

    Don’t put yourself at risk of sustaining injury in an effort to save a few dollars. Hire someone who has the training necessary to complete the job without significant risk.

  14. By Ava laurie on Jun 12, 2015, 4:14 pm | Reply

    I was unfortunately a person that bought a house with a very complicated roof to it. It was not ideal because I live in Florida where the hurricanes come in all the time. I have to pay extra all the time because the the complexity of my roof.

  15. By Gary Puntman on Jun 15, 2015, 3:16 pm | Reply

    I know I need to have my roof repaired soon. If I don’t, I could risk having a leak in it. I agree that choosing the right materials is very important. You need to get materials that will work for you climate and the type of home you have.

  16. By Edmond Vandergraff on Jun 17, 2015, 5:58 pm | Reply

    Thank you so much for these tips, I couldn’t agree with them more. I really like how you say you should choose a simple design. A roof doesn’t have to be complicated, and it will be much cheaper to repair and replace if the design isn’t complicated.

  17. By bryan flake on Jul 30, 2015, 2:45 pm | Reply

    I agree with your advice to get a roofing material that actually is attractive. In my mind, I would go a step further and say that you should pay attention to the neighborhood trends for roofs. You don’t want to be the only house with metal roofing panels.

  18. By Janet Castillo on Aug 11, 2015, 10:39 am | Reply

    There are eco-friendly materials for roofs,too. It is a good thing to have in mind when you are choosing for your home. We have to take care of our nature. My roof is eco-friendly and I have no troubles with it. It is not so expensive. Thank you for sharing this article!

  19. By Correy Smith on Aug 11, 2015, 5:32 pm | Reply

    It seems like both the asphalt shingles and steel roofing are about the good to have. I myself am thinking about contacting several roofers to come replace my roof. Mainly because of how damaged my roof ended up becoming after the hail storms that occurred last night.

  20. By Jaf Roofing Ringwood NJ on Aug 16, 2015, 10:12 pm | Reply

    The best thing I can think is hire some professionals who deals with this. And your lucky we are those professionals. So check us out If you need some help!

  21. By roofing installation NJ on Sep 13, 2015, 9:55 pm | Reply

    Great tips. Roofing maintenance and repairs are very important in every house. A good checkup from time to time is a must to avoid bigger problems by finding out the small ones. Very informative article.

  22. By roof installations Bergen County New Jersey on Oct 2, 2015, 1:08 am | Reply

    Don’t put yourself at risk of sustaining injury in an effort to save a few dollars. Hire someone who has the training necessary to complete the job without significant risk.

  23. By Drew on Nov 2, 2015, 3:18 pm | Reply

    Great advice to jump on the repair as soon as possible. A leak in the roof will only continue to grow so it’s not a wise decision to just let it be. Thanks so much for the advice!

  24. By Stephin Moore on Dec 10, 2015, 3:43 pm | Reply

    With it being Winter right now, I want to make sure my home stays properly insulated throughout the whole season. This being said, I really appreciate you letting me know how I can best avoid a leak in my roof. I definitely think that when I follow your tips, that my home will stay warm all Winter. Thanks a ton for your help.

  25. By on Jan 4, 2016, 11:48 pm | Reply

    Before buying a house, a good and thorough inspection is a must. They know where and what to look to avoid being scammed. Some houses sell cheap because they got something hidden. It is a good practice to be very meticulous also at times and look. It may need repairs or more.

  26. By jamesrod214 on Jan 8, 2016, 4:38 pm | Reply

    I love your tip about hiring a professional roofing company. I feel like way too many people are trying to do thing on their own, and that can cause problems. Like you say, a roof will only keep you dry if it’s installed correctly. Personally, I would want to make sure it’s installed correctly by hiring a roofing company.

  27. By Laurel Larsen on Jan 8, 2016, 6:16 pm | Reply

    You provide a great reminder here that the roof’s purpose is first and foremost to keep water out, rather than to be aesthetically attractive. I appreciate your tips for choosing the right materials, as it is not necessary to completely sacrifice style for function. I will definitely remember this for when I finally replace my leaky roof. Thanks for sharing!

  28. By Maglepie Grits on Jan 11, 2016, 12:00 pm | Reply

    At first, I was a bit discouraged by your tip to stick with simplicity when looking for a roof design. However, the last sentence in that suggestion encouraged me because as you pointed out, there are still attractive but simple designs out there. I also appreciate that you specified the reason for sticking with simplicity because I wouldn’t have necessarily conjectured that on my own.

  29. By Metal Roofs Pequannock NJ on Jan 12, 2016, 2:12 am | Reply

    That really looks like a lot of work? Why not hire some people to do the repairs? Contact us we might help!
    It’s really sad to see things get broken, but we know this natural and bound to happen. Specially on these exposed to climate changes. So hire some for repairs on it. Check us out.
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  30. By Kayla Rogers on Mar 9, 2016, 7:30 pm | Reply

    You are so right that with roofing, the simpler the design, the better. I have always liked the way that simple roofs look aesthetically, but now I also know that there is a practical reason behind it: they are less prone to leaks! This is great to keep in mind going into a remodel, because we just might decide to replace our roof as well.

  31. By Silas Knight on Apr 15, 2016, 3:58 pm | Reply

    Choosing the right material for your roof is really important. When my parents built their house, the only option was the asphalt shingles. However, now metal roofs are becoming more popular too, so it all depends on your opinion!

  32. By Westly Smith on Apr 15, 2016, 4:40 pm | Reply

    I like your tip to choose a professional roofing company. I think that too many people try to fix their roofs by themselves. In my experience that just leads to more problems. I am no good at roof repairs. It’s always nice to have a professional company around to help.

  33. By Tara Allen on Apr 19, 2016, 3:42 pm | Reply

    Your roof is essential to your home and the functions that you expect it to enable. I love that you can select several different roofing designs that you would like. Picking the right materials as you mentioned sounds like a good way to enhance the quality and life span of your roof.

  34. By Silas Knight on May 11, 2016, 3:05 pm | Reply

    I don’t think anyone is against saving money on roofing. I like your tip about repairing when needed, my dad would always wait until the last possible moment before hiring someone to do needed repairs. That seemed to cost more money, and I never understood it, so timely repairs is good advice.

  35. By Hazel Owens on May 18, 2016, 1:05 pm | Reply

    I agree that damage on your roof should be repaired as soon as possible. If your roof has a leak or other hole, it’s only going to get worse over time. Patching up the problem right away will help prevent more expensive repairs later on. Thanks for the article.

  36. By Roofing Boise on Jul 15, 2016, 9:22 pm | Reply

    Dear Shafi – You are so right about hiring a professional. I own my own roofing company and all of my neighbors on my street can see our company work trucks from time to time. But the neighbor across the street from me has this continual roof leak problem that is simply hilarious! Every time it rains, he gets out his ladder pokes around inside his garage, on the roof over his garage, etc. Then, he has a different guy (handyman) come out to try and find the leak. He knows that I could easily solve his problem, but he has never asked me about it because he doesn’t want to pay to have a pro fix his leaky roof. It’s now a family game…when it rains – we all take guesses on how long it will take before a handyman truck pulls up to look at his roof. I think I’ll send him a link to your blog. 🙂

  37. By Renewed Renovations Roofing on Jul 16, 2016, 5:45 pm | Reply

    Interesting post indeed. Whether we like it or not, even a well-built roof will eventually wear out. Apart from having an insurance, it’s very important to routinely check your roof for damages to keep your family safe. Thanks for sharing this post and happy new year to you and your family!

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  38. By Jon Alderson on Jul 20, 2016, 5:42 am | Reply

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Whether we like it or not, even well-built roof will eventually wear out. Hiii…Buddy…I really appreciate your article…Thanks for posting….
    It is best to regularly inspect your roof, gutter and other stuff at your house to prevent further damage and to save you tons of money for hiring a home maintenance professionals. Thanks again…
    I think every home owners or business owners should do a regular maintenance of their roof just to make sure that there’s nothing wrong or there’s no leak. It is safe that way that to spend tons of money repairing it.Keep posting……..
    Have a nice day!!!!!!!

  39. By Darleen Currey on Aug 12, 2016, 7:31 am | Reply

    Hi Buddy!!

    Thanks for providing such useful information about how to repair leaky roof. I agree with you that we should repair our roof when it needed and replace it as well.

    Otherwise,if you don’t replace the roof when there’s a problem it will become a bigger problem and cost more in the long run.

    Thanks and Regards

  40. By Cortney G on Aug 24, 2016, 8:26 am | Reply

    Nice post. The roof acts as a shield for one’s house specially in rough weather. I think it is extremely important to follow basic safety norms for your house. Roofing is one of them. I don’t mind spending extra dollars for my peace of mind and safety. I was unaware that the complexity of roof design had a huge impact on its ability to cause leakage. Thanks so much for these tips.
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  41. By Carmen Parra on Sep 27, 2016, 7:06 am | Reply

    Having a husband whose been in the general remodeling business for years and currently getting into the mold remediation space has taught me that taking preventive actions towards avoiding any home repair need is the best approach. I agree that the 5 steps are important but I would say that choosing the right company is very crucial.
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  42. By Home Evolution on Oct 11, 2016, 5:08 pm | Reply

    If you hire a roofing contractor that installs the roof properly, chances are it will last for a long time. Sometimes extreme weather conditions may cause damage to your roof so it is always a good idea to inspect it once in a while.

  43. By Kendall Everett on Oct 21, 2016, 3:35 pm | Reply

    It’s a great suggestion you make when you said to consider the material for your roof when getting it replaced. There are benefits to using certain material types so comparing them and choosing the best one for the style of your home is important. Some roofing materials may offer a government rebate so it may be worth looking into those as well.

  44. By Brian on Nov 17, 2016, 9:33 am | Reply

    Choosing the right materials for your roof can make all the difference. Whether that’s asphalt or metal, they both have their benefits and drawbacks.

  45. By Joseph Borello on Jan 5, 2017, 4:39 pm | Reply

    Eliminate Leaks is important not to get discouraged when a leak can’t be found. It’s a process of elimination. You’ve covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.

  46. By Trenton on Jan 18, 2017, 3:52 pm | Reply

    These are all great tips for getting a new roof. For me picking the right materials are very important. My next roof is going to be steel because of its durability. Thanks for sharing.
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  47. By house painting Dallas on Apr 12, 2017, 1:11 am | Reply

    Some home improvements must be done as soon as possible to avoid more house problems.

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