Prepare Yourself for Roofing Emergencies

To prepare for home repair emergencies, it may be a good idea to prepare a repair kit for certain tasks. Different parts of the home might require repair kits: plumbing, roofing, etc. Here, you will learn what you need to know to be prepared for roofing emergencies to lessen the damage that the home sustains until proper repairs can be made.

Build a Roofing Repair Kit

Buy a large tote that you can use to store many of the emergency items in. In this tote you should place:

  • Wood furring strips
  • Tarps – various sizes but all good quality
  • Hammer
  • Roofing nails
  • A few rolls of duct tape
  • Chalk

Other things that may not fit in the tote include:

  • Rubber floor squeegee
  • Rubber roofing sheets
  • Rubber roofing sealant
  • Ladder – remember ladder storage safety – don't leave it anywhere that burglars could use it to access the upper levels of your home easily.

Damage Assessment

Storm damage is the most common cause of emergency roofing instances. After a strong storms hits and the weather has calmed, it is time to inspect your roof for damage.

Look for shingles that have been ripped loose or are damaged. As you find damage, use a piece of chalk to mark it. Inspect the chimney and vent flashing to be sure that it hasn't been damaged. Look for puddles on the roof. You should never, ever have puddles on your roof; if you do, a roofing expert should be called in immediately.

Make Emergency Repairs

Serious leaks and gaping holes in the roof qualify as roofing emergencies. In these instances, the tarps, furring strips, roofing nails and hammer are required.

If the damage sustained is at the lower end of the roof, you will likely need more than one tarp to cover it. You have to cover the roof from the peak to beyond the leak to completely block out the water that will come with more rain.

Start at the lowest point of the damaged area. Place a tarp a few inches below it and lay it out towards the peak of the roof. Lay a furring strip across the edge of the tarp and drive a few nails into it doing your best to line the nails up with the support beams in the roof. This method of attaching the tarp will help reduce the chances of tarp ripping in high winds. Continue overlapping tarps until you have reached the peak of the house.

Repair Minor Damage

Minor damage can oftentimes be repaired, at least temporarily, using the rubber roofing materials. Apply a thin coat of the sealant and apply a sheet of the rubber roofing on top of it. Seal up the edges with the sealant. Remember this is only a temporary fix and permanent repairs will need to be made sooner rather than later.

Knowing the above will help you prepare and treat roofing damage effectively. Talk with a local roofing contractor, such as David Construction, LLC, to learn more about preparing for roofing damage emergencies.