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Why Are Some Roof Leaks Hard To Fix?

March , 2023 | 9 min. read

By Mitch Owens

Roofer inspected a shingle roof

Oh roof leaks, the bane of every homeowner's existence. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, a little drop of water reminds you that there's still work to be done. But let's be real, some roof leaks are like a game of whack-a-mole – you think you've fixed it in one spot, and the leak pops up in another. It's enough to make you want to climb up to the roof and shout, 'Why are you doing this to me?!' 

But before you do that, let's take a closer look at why some roof leaks are particularly stubborn and difficult to fix.

RoofCrafters has been in the business of stopping leaks for 3 decades. We’ve got stopping leaks down pat. Now, we won't sugarcoat it – fixing a roof leak can be a daunting task. It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack, only the needle is hidden inside your attic, and the haystack is your entire roof. 

But fear not, for with a little know-how and a lot of persistence, even the most stubborn of leaks can be conquered. So, let's dive into the mysteries of roof leaks and explore why some are harder to fix than others. Who knows, by the end of this, you might even have a newfound appreciation for leaky roofs.

Why Do Roofers Have Trouble Fixing Some Roof Leaks?


Roofers, the brave warriors of the rooftop world, are faced with a formidable foe every time they take on a leaky roof – the elusive roof leak. It's like trying to catch a greased pig, except the pig is a leak and it's always one step ahead. 

Roofers have to be part detective, part acrobat, and part plumber to track down and fix these pesky leaks. It's a job that requires a special set of skills and a strong sense of humor because let's be real, there's nothing funny about a leaky roof... except for maybe the silly faces roofers make as they try to reach those hard-to-get-to spots.

Roofers may have trouble fixing roof leaks for a variety of reasons. One common issue is that the source of the leak may not be easily accessible or visible. Water can travel along roofing materials and rafters before dripping into the interior of the building. This makes it difficult to determine the exact location of the leak.

Additionally, leaks can be caused by a variety of factors, such as worn or missing shingles, cracked flashing, or a poorly designed roof system. In these cases, the roofer may need to investigate and analyze the problem before determining the best course of action for repair.

Shingle blistering

Another cause for the difficulty of fixing leaks can be the age of the roofing system. If the system is old, or not of good quality, some of the issues may be irreparable.

leaf and tree debris in a valley on the roof

Additionally, If it has been a long time since the last time the roof was fixed, or if there was no regular maintenance, fixing the leaks can be a complex task. Sometimes it requires fixing many issues.

Why are Roof Leaks So Expensive to Fix?


Why are roof leaks so expensive to fix? Great question! Well, have you ever tried to track down a needle in a haystack... on a slippery, sloped surface... in the rain?

That's what fixing a roof leak is like! 

It's like a game of hide and seeks, except the stakes are higher and the prize is a dry roof. And let's not forget, roofers have to pay for all their fancy tools. Tools like the 'roof leak-seeking gadget' and the 'super-duper-long-shingle-thingy'. So, by the time they finally track down that sneaky leak, their hourly rate has already skyrocketed.

But hey, a dry roof is worth its weight in gold... or in this case, worth its weight in shingles!

Seriously, roof leaks can be expensive to fix for several reasons. One reason is that the source of the leak may not be easily accessible or visible. The roofer may need to investigate and analyze the problem before determining the best course of action for repair. This can involve removing roofing materials to access the underlying structure. Which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive.

torn up roof from roof leak

Another reason is that to fix a leak, the roofer may need to replace damaged or worn materials, such as siding or flashing. These materials can be costly, especially if they need to be custom-ordered to match the existing materials.

Also, if the leak has been ongoing for a while, it can cause damage to the underlying structure of the roof. And it can damage the inside of the building as well, such as mold growth, warping, and discoloration. Therefore, the repair may require fixing the roof and the inside of the building, which can be expensive.

roof breaking apart from leak

Additionally, labor costs can be high because of the need to work at heights and navigate a complex roof system. The cost of fixing a roof leak can vary widely depending on the severity of the problem. Including the type of roofing materials used, and the cost of labor in the area.

Do I Need an Experienced Roofer to Repair My Roof Leak?


"Do you need an experienced roofer to repair your roof leak?” Well, it depends on how handy you are with a ladder, a bucket of tar, and prayer. If you're the type of person who considers duct tape a permanent fix, then maybe an experienced roofer is the way to go.


But seriously, roofing is not a DIY project for the faint of heart. There are a lot of factors to consider, like the type of roofing material, the pitch of the roof, and the location of the leak. An experienced roofer knows how to navigate all of these complexities. They'll have the tools and expertise to get the job done right, saving you from a world of headaches and leaky nightmares!

roof storm damage

Keep in mind that experience is not the only criterion to choose the right professional. You should also look for a roofer that is licensed and insured, and that has good references. It's also a good idea to ask to see a portfolio of their previous work or to see a finished project similar to yours.

Hiring an experienced roofer to repair a roof leak can help you ensure that the problem is properly and professionally fixed. You can expect it to save you time and money in the long run.

Should I Get a Warranty for My Roof Leak Repair?


"Should you get a warranty for your roof leak repair?” 

Well, do you believe in ghosts? 

Because if you don't, you might change your tune after a leaky roof starts haunting you in the middle of the night. A warranty is like a security blanket for your roof. It gives you peace of mind, knowing that if the leak reappears, the roofing professional will come back and chase it away for you. It's like having your own roofing superhero, always ready to save the day. 

So, in short, a warranty is like a superpower for your roof. 

Who wouldn't want that?"

Jokes aside, It’s a great idea to get a warranty on your roof leak repair. It will provide added protection for your investment. A warranty can protect you against defects in workmanship or materials that may cause the leak to reoccur in the future. It can also provide a way to have any follow-up repairs or maintenance done at no additional cost to you.

Are you covered by warranties?

When you're getting a roof repair, you should ask the roofer about the warranty they offer, and what is included and covered under their warranty. You should ask about the duration of the warranty. And if it's transferable to a new owner of the property. Find out if there are any exclusions to the warranty and the process for filing a claim if needed.

It's worth noting that not all warranties are created equal. Some roofers might offer a short-term warranty, but with a high labor rate. Whereas others might offer longer terms, but with less comprehensive coverage. Therefore, it's best to be well informed of what to expect, and if it will be worth the cost to have it.

In general, a warranty can provide peace of mind that the repair will be done properly. They can give you a way to have any future issues resolved without additional cost to you. It's important to carefully read and understand the terms of the warranty before agreeing to it.

Roof Leaks Can be Hard to Fix Even for an Expert


In conclusion, roof leaks are like the boogeyman of the roofing world – they're always hiding, but never gone for good. Fixing roof leaks can be a real challenge, requiring a combination of detective work, acrobatics, and plumbing skills. And let's not forget, it can also be pretty pricey.

But with the right roofing professional and a warranty. You can rest assured that your roof will be leak-free and ready to face any storm that comes its way. So, if you're struggling with a leaky roof, remember: a roofer, a warranty, and a sense of humor are all you need to conquer the leak.

Our family at RoofCrafters has repaired thousands of roof leaks over the past 30 years. While all our clients didn't have the sense of humor we do when it comes to roof leaks. We’re sure they appreciated the professionalism and experience our team brings to stop their leaks!


Mitch Owens

My name is Mitch, and I have over 10 years of roofing experience. I enjoy my career in the service industry because I love helping others take care of their homes and businesses. With over 10 years in the roofing industry, my success comes from my honesty and integrity during my roof inspections. I do my best to listen to the needs of my clients and strive to provide an awesome client experience.