How to fix a leaking roof?

Fixing leaking roofs

How to fix a leaking roof?

TL;DR Hire a professional.

So you have a leaking roof and you want to fix it yourself rather than hire a contractor?

Unfortunately, your best bet is to hire a guy like us. We offer expertise and solutions that will last for years rather than just minutes. But sometimes you need a fix right away.

First steps

Go get a flashlight and check out your ceiling or attic. It’s important that you find the leak and see how much water is entering your home. Remember, knowledge is power. It’ll give you a better idea of big of an issue this leak really is. All of this information will be important for when a contractor comes out to see your house. Having a timeline of events could change the game! For example, lets say – in all horror – a larger part of your roof collapses. Knowing where the original leak started could be absolutely integral. Maybe a small crack or impossibly small hole was the original source of the leak!

Bulge in your ceiling?

As you’re checking out your ceiling, make sure the water isn’t being dammed up by paint, insulation, or even framing. Water weighs about 1,000 kg/m3. What does that mean for you? It means you don’t want that over your head! People always underestimate the weight of water and they think they can save their floors by letting it store on the ceiling. However, this is probably one of the worst things you can do. Water build up is responsible for most roof cave-ins. Getting a new roof is one thing, but a new roof and a new ceiling can be a nightmare. So pierce the bulge with a sharp tool. I know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s really important that you make a controlled flow in order to contain the leak.

Now what?

Well, call us. (608) 221-3000. Or call someone near you. I know, you probably would rather stub your toe every morning than call a contractor to come see your home. But we are experts. We won’t miss that impossibly small crack and we certainly won’t let this problem get any worse. Calling a contractor is the only way you can ensure your home will be protected properly.

Do I really have to?

Honestly? No. Most homeowners who have some experience with DIY work can patch a leak with some tar. But even if you’ve been roofing for years, you should probably call someone out for a second opinion. Sure, you might stop the leak until next Winter – maybe you’ve stopped your leak permanently. But we catch things that you simply wouldn’t look for. Our roofing contractors know the sign of mold and disrepair. It’s important that you don’t just fix your leak and walk away. You need to keep your home safe. Only an experienced contractor can ensure that the water damage is fixed from floor to ceiling.

Why should I call you?

Legacy Exteriors has GAF certified roofers. When we fix your roof, we’re using materials from the highest quality in Wisconsin. Plus, our experienced roofing team is completely insured. So you don’t have to sweat when we come out to fix your home.
Working with us is pretty simple actually:

1. Call our number (608) 221-3000 or fill out our contact form.

2. Speak with an estimator as soon as it’s convenient for you.

3. We’ll fix your roof and any other damage caused by the leak.

We don’t do any hand-waving. We’ll come out and spend about ~90 minutes checking your roof from the inside and out. We don’t have hidden costs. That’s why we’re the #1 roofing company in Madison.

Call (608) 221-3000 for a free estimation! We’ll fix that leak anywhere in Dane County!


  • I agree that it’s probably a good idea to call a professional to get a second opinion. It’s probably true that’s one of the only ways to ensure the problem is completely taken care. Even if you know what you’re doing, it sounds like a good precaution to take.

  • When it comes to inspecting and repairing the roof unless home owner is a roofer they should not rely on their judgement completely while inspecting the house and for repairs its always beneficial to hire an experienced roofer, DIY could be risky and home owners may be looking at a bigger damage in future.

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  • I like that tip to use a flashlight to find a leak. The light will get through any holes. If you find a whole, shop around for contractors instead of choosing the first one; you’ll find the best deal.


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