7 Unexpected Dangers of a Leaky Roof

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Jose Garcia

Subject: Damages on wood in roof deck after roof replaced

Last year a contractor replaced my roof and as I was in the attic , I noticed extensive damage done to the roof deck due to what must be from nailing the shingles with exsisive force , you can see black paper and I'm afraid if some one walks on top of the roof they may fall thru the broken pieces , is the contractor responsible for the repairs, it seems as if the whole roof may need to be replaced to repair broken wood !

Joseph P. Zacharko

Subject: Rain storm during roof shingle replacement

I was having my roof re shingled when a storm came up and the roofers were down to the particle board plywood and rain water actually got into various spots in the sheet rock of the cathedral ceiling inside the house. They finally got the paper on but only after a several hour period of rain hitting the unprotected plywood and subsequent water getting into the house. Does everything, insulation, and sheet rock need to be removed and replaced? Or will it likely dry and be ok and only some spackling and repainting need to be done. Damage does not look extensive.


Subject: roof leak and worried about electrical wiring/building structure

I live in one of the maintained neighborhoods in Sun City Hilton Head. Some time ago I noticed a roof leak and reported this to or HOA Management. Nothing was done because the roofer that came to inspect the roof claimed he could not find anything wrong. Eight month later I noticed another roof leak, this time the leak was pretty extensive as water ran down my in my master bedroom closet. Again I reported the roof leak to HOA Management in Sun City, but I was grossly ignored again and it took 3 month before the roofer was actually called back to my house to inspect the roof once again. Same story, the roofer could not find any fault with the roof. Before I actually became aware of the first leak and between the second leak and the time it took to finally make the necessary repair 12 month have elapsed. I don't know how long water came thru the roof before it even became evident that there was actually a roof leak at all. However, I am very concerned this could have caused some electrical problems inside the wall. The same wall in question is also the wall with my washer and dryer hook up and furnace/ac and water tank. Last August 2015 my insurance company found another roof leak and I reported that to Sun City's HOA Management and they did not repair the roof, and just recently I had the roof inspected my another roofer and they confirmed my problems with the roof, but my HOA Management in Sun City is not responding and this leak hab most likely been ongoing since the roof was replaced in late 2012. As if that is not enough, I had some flooding most likely resulting from a faulty sprinkler head and nothing was done about that either. Should I be concerned about structural problems and an electrical fire. My neighbors home attached to mine is not much better off, as they experienced a roof leak too. I don't feel safe in my home but have no place else to go.

Robert fernandez

Subject: Wall and ceiling water damages

Part of my ceilings and walls have stains and water bubbles.
I checked the outside of the area and saw water bald up. Also there are wall air conditioners can maybe have affected the water damage


Subject: leak from toilet through beam

a white colored viscous liquid oozing out from beam just below toilet.
if it falls over metallic surface it doesn't easily go
what it is ? will it affects the strucure in future
what is the remedy ?


Subject: roof leak

I am about to replace my entire roof . And in one area of my daughters room their is discoloration (1 foot by 1 foot ceiling area). What type of person/contractor do I call to look at the ceiling, check for mold and possible replace that section of internal ceiling and installation if there is mold or mildew? My roofer will only handle the external roof.
thank you for any guildance. Angies list member

t weaver

Subject: roof damage

Hi I am in a on going challenge for the past four years to try getting my landlord to repair my roof where there are tiles missing. Every time it rains the rain pours in and the joists in the roof get soaked and due to all the water coming in part of my bed room ceiling is caving in and there is mould at the top of my house. I have had a surveyor attend my property sent by my housing office a while ago and he re assured me that the joists in the loft are ok because they was treated?? I think otherwise but I am far from a surveyor or roofer and have no idea. Can you please help with a bit of advice? as I am thinking of acting on this case through court. Kind Regards


Subject: Roof leak/ electrical and plaster

I have a roof leak and it saturated the wiring and has leaked through the downstairs. The upstairs was drywall and behind the drywall was mold. The mold had been taken care of. They said the mold isn't likely to grow on plaster downstairs because plaster don't absorb like drywall. The electrical was saturated and I'm afraid downstairs was too since it was leaking through a ceiling fan in the kitchen. I've asked my insurance to pay for the electrical, since the electrician came out and in fact told me there was electrical damage to the wiring. I don't know how to prove electrical damage other than the electrician putting it in writing.. I also wonder, besides bubbling paint, what other things o should be looking for downstairs that might make it a good reason to tear into the plaster walls downstairs?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.