Roofing Emergencies – Be Prepared For Major And Minor Damage

Winter is the most abusive season for your roof to withstand. Heavy snows, freezing temperatures, strong winds and so much dampness isn't easy for any roof to hold up to. Are you prepared for roofing emergencies that could occur at any time? Below, you will find out what you need to have on hand to prepare for roofing emergencies and limit the amount of damage that your home sustains.

Required On-Hand Supplies

Take some time to look around and be sure that you have everything that you might need if your roof was to get damaged. These things include:

  • Ladder
  • Tarps of different sizes
  • Hammers
  • Roofing nails
  • Duct tape
  • Wood furring strips
  • Rubber roof sheets and sealant

Handing Emergencies

Knowing what to do when a roofing emergency arises will help you expedite sealing up the roof and putting a stop to further damage.

Quick Repairs for Major Damage

The fastest way to put a stop to water coming into your home when your roofing is damaged is by covering the damaged area with tarps. Sure, it won't look very pretty, but it can buy you a little time to have the right repairs made.

When covering the roof with tarps, you want to make sure that the tarps will stay put. You don't want them ripping off of the nails that you used to hold them in place. This is where the furring strips come in handy. Instead of pounding nails directly into the tarp, wrap the edges of the tarp around a furring strip a few times. Then, pound the nail through the tarp and the furring strip into the roofing.

Note: If you have to use multiple tarps to cover the damaged area, be sure that the tarps nearest to the peak overlap the lower tarps to keep the water from running underneath the lower tarp.

Semi-permanent Repairs for Minor Damage

If you have a few shingles that have come loose or have been damaged, get your bucket of rubber roof sealant and the sheets of rubber roofing.

If the shingle is damaged but still intact, apply the rubber sealant to the underside of the shingle, press it firmly back into place and seal the edges with a bit more sealant.

For shingles that are missing, cut a piece of the rubber roofing sheet, apply a layer of rubber sealant to the underside of it, press it into position to cover the area of the missing shingle and seal the edges with the sealant.

These repairs aren't going to fix things permanently, but it will buy you a little time to find a roofing contractor to come out and make the permanent repairs for you. 

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