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Orange County leaking Roof

Orange County Roof Leak Repair

The photo to the right shows a typical concrete tile roof found all over Orange County.  Concrete tile roofs come in three basic shapes or styles.  The generic name for the roof as pictured to to right is low rise or "M" tile.

There’s also an “S” tile shaped roof that resembles Spanish tile because of its high and round curves, and there’s the less popular low rise tile that is best known for its two or three very slight humps that somewhat resembles a meditation look. 

The installation for all tile is basically the same but the roof repair techniques necessary to repair a roof leak will be different for different areas of the roof. 

Leaking Fireplace Orange County Roofing

Leaking Chimney on a Tile Roof

Typically when I am called out to inspect the roof due to a roof leak I will go up on the roof and inspect it.  While inspecting this roof I didn’t see any broken tiles and there weren’t any immediate concerns to report to the customer. The customer reported to me that another roofer had told them over the phone that it must be broken tile or something small causing the roof problem or leak. 

In this case of a leak coming in from around the fireplace the problem is not what you can see but it is what you can’t see. 

After coming down from the roof and knowing there is nothing obvious that needs to be repaired I have to inform the home owner that I will need to do roof leak detection service in that area of the roof. 

When collecting bids from other roofers you shouldn;t bother mentioning leak detection to other roofers because they probably won’t know what you’re talking about.  This is something we specifically do unlike other roofing companies.

Be very careful about hiring other roofing companies to bid on your roof leak repair. They may have no idea what is going on with your roof or what the extent of the leak damages are.  If you listen carefully to them trying to explain the problem they will give you small hints that they are not sure of what is the problem or how much work needs to be done in order to fix it.

For instance, the roofer may say things like "the problem could be this or it could be that". Sometimes they will try and minimize the problem so that they can get the job, open up your roof, take some pictures of the big problem they uncovered, and then use their camera and photos to saddle you with a price increases. 

While these roof repair price increases may be justified I bet you would wish you were dealing with someone who could advise you upfront about the possible roofing problems and projected costs involved.

Roof Leak Damage and Repair
Roof Leaks Cause Plywood Damage and Mold

Believe it or not but some roofers will not remove your old roofing felt when repairing your roof leak. It saves them labor and it is easier to sell you a cheaper roof repair option. 

Doing a roof repair like we do is a lot more time consuming than just removing some tiles and inserting some felt where you “think” is the roof problem is and then collecting a check from the home owner.  As you can see from the photo this roof leak caused a lot of damaged only visible when completely taking the roof apart.

All of the water intrusion damage you see to the plywood and decking was only resulted in a small water stain on the ceiling of the master bedroom.  Several roofers had told this customer that they could simply caulk the chimney for $150-250 and see if that does it.  That will never fix a leak coming from a chimney, fireplace, or skylight leak. 

Roof Leak Repair
Protect Your Roof by Hiring South County Roofing

The photo shows how your roof deck should look before any waterproofing starts.  Removing the roofing paper and putting new felt paper down is only half the job.  If your roofer doesn’t do any wood repair you better hope you can trust him or chances are he just buried some dry rot or termite infested wood and it will cost you double to get it out. 

The bottom line is any dry rot or termite damaged eave board, fascia, or plywood needs be replaced at this time.  If you’re thinking every roofer is going to do this for you are mistaken.  The wood work part of a roof repair is not only sometimes unexpected but it can be a major hassle and it will slow down the job.  There may be painting involved and chances are the roofer is not set up or experienced enough to anticipate or want to do that. 

Also, this requires an additional conversation about repair costs.  If the roofer thinks he has already maxed out his charges he may just ignore the dry rot or termite damaged and cover it up.  As you can see there will be many reasons for the roofer not to bring this up and none of them benefit you. 

Rest assured if you hire us that our tile roof repair prices are extremely competitive and we try to be thorough and up front about any potential fees above and beyond the initial roof repair estimate.  We want you to be a happy and satisfied customer of ours for years to come.    

Orange County Licensed Roof Leak Repair Contractor
We offer Orange County residents extended roof repair warranties     

There’s a small price increase for our max warranty because we use additional roofing waterproofing products with the Platinum roof repair warranty.  The product as shown in the photo is a premium 50 years warranted Ice and Water Shield for roofs.  Water shield is an excellent innovation for roofing and we use it around all the critical flashing areas such as a chimney, fireplace, skylight, valley, tin runs and some other areas around your roof.  This product provides additional water proofing protection to these critical flashing areas on your roof.     

Roof Leak Detection Specialist of Lake Forest, Ca

Professional Roof Leak Detection and Repair for Orange County

The photo shows what your roof should look like before the tile goes back on.  The things we had to do before we installed the felt is:

1. Remove all damaged roofing felt.

2. Remove and replace dry rot damaged eave board and plywood.

3. Clean the roof deck and pound down all protruding roofing nails (most roofers do a bad job of this “if” they do it at all).

4. Install water shield around leaking chimney, fireplace, or skylight.

5. Fabricate and install new roof flashing all around the chimney or fireplace.

Orange County Tile Roof Repair
Roof Leak Repair Finishing Touches

The photo shows the finished tile roof repair with everything cleaned up, all broken tiles replaced, and all original tiles put back in just as they were.  We are a licensed and insured C-39 Roofing Contractor that specialize in the repair and replacement of all types of roofing including: Steel, Spanish, Concrete, Tile, Lightweight, Composition, and slate roofs.

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