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Help My Roof is Leaking!

By Dill Ward, March 1, 2021

Let’s talk about your options as a roof owner. Over the span of time between a roof installation and the complete failure of the roof, any number of circumstances can interrupt our peaceful enjoyment of the sheltering function that makes roofs so unique.

What do you know about your roof? There are 7 shapes of roof utilized by architects to cover us from the elements: Flat, Pitched, Conical, Sloped Flat, Butterfly, Sateri, and Mansard.

What is your roof even made of? Every roof has a lifespan, shape and material durability can influence lifespan. On average a modern roof will last 20 to 50 years, some types last even longer. Ultimately, the older the roof, the higher the possibility of a leak. If you find water pooling after a wild storm here’s what you can do regardless of material:


Stop the damage, move things out of the way, and remove/contain as much water as possible.


Cover Problem areas of the roof with a tarp (keeping a water-proof tarp on hand, check flat roof drains for clogging ice or tree debris).


Photograph as much of the damages and affected roof area as possible for insurance purposes


Call a roofer (or three) to get on their calendar for repair bids, depending on the time of year repair may .

You can also look to your REALTOR® for help if you’re not feeling comfortable with finding a roofer as we’ve become pretty well versed at vetting contractors.

Each roof has benefits, and every roof has weaknesses. Failed Flashing, failed materials, punctured tiles, cracked tiles, and the unavoidable tree falling during one strong storm can bring an unexpected repair bill.

Some mechanical hiccups can bring water intrusion, such as blocked drains, wind blowing water behind flashing, and remedies for these problems can be unblocking/blocking points of penetration.

Regular maintenance can help guard against unexpected leaks. Topical maintenance includes keeping the roof clear of debris, and keeping the gutters clear. Material maintenance might include applying rubber/silicone/polyurethane caulking to major cracking areas or minor roof repair of shingles/tiles if that is in your comfort zone.

If you find yourself with leaks after taking every step, the worst case scenario is a full roof replacement. This option sounds scary, but a new roof makes quite a great perk if you plan to sell within 10 years, as many buyers find the cost of a new roof startling.

W facing from Laurelhurst

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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