When you are a homeowner, you will be presented with a lot of different challenges that you did not quite expect when you first bought your house. One of those challenges is waking up to a leaking roof in the middle of the night during a rainstorm. Dealing with a leaky roof is something that no one ever expects, but a lot of people have to do it every year. Here are a few tips on what to do if your roof starts leaking.

Call the Insurance Company

One of the first things that you should do is call your insurance company. In some cases, your roof will leak because of damage from a storm or a tree limb. If something happens to your roof to cause it to leak, then the insurance company will cover the damage in most cases. You will only be responsible for your deductible, and then the insurance company will pay for the rest of the repairs. If you can get any of it taken care of by the insurance company, you owe it to yourself to do so.

Find a Roofing Contractor

The next thing that you need to do is to find a roofing contractor to work with. In your area, you may have several different contractors to consider. Ask your friends, family members, and neighbors if they know of any good roofing contractors. Then talk to a few contractors and see if they can give you free estimates. When you have the contractors over, ask them questions about the process and see how much they will charge to fix the roof. Fixing a roof that leaks is no small task, and you need to minimize the costs as much as possible.

Hire a Contractor

Once you find a contractor that you feel comfortable with, make sure that he has insurance, has a contractor’s license, and is bonded. At that point, the contractor will either put a tarp over the hole or get started on the work right away.

In some cases, all of the roofing materials will need to be replaced. When this happens, the contractor will probably only tear off a little bit at a time and replace it. This way, your roof is not exposed to the elements for very long. The contractor will also identify where the leak is coming from and repair the area before putting new roofing materials back on.