With storms, there are often many homes that need to be repaired. Sometimes, the roofing contractors are too busy to get to your home for the repairs. While you are waiting to get your roof repaired, there are some things that you can do to protect your home from water damage, such as patching leaks with roofing cement or installing your own tarps. Here are a few tips that will help protect your home from damage while you are waiting on roof repairs:
1. Replacing A Missing Shingle and Repairing Small Wind Damage
One of the common storm damage problems with roofs is missing shingles. Sometimes, there may only be a single missing shingle that needs to be repaired or replaced. Replacing a shingle is an easy repair that you can do yourself with the right tools. You will need to use a flat bar to remove any damaged shingles and slide the new roofing in its place. This may be something that you want to do even if you must wait on further repairs to your roof.
2. Addressing Issues with Leaks and Patching Roofing with Cement Patches
The damage to your roof may be leaks from punctures or worn roofing. There are roofing cements that are asphalt cements, which you can use to temporarily patch any leaks on your roof. This may be a good solution if you are going to have to wait a long time for a professional contractor to get to your home to complete repairs. Find the areas of your roof that are leaking and patch them with roofing cement. For small leaks, you can just use a patch product that comes in a caulk gun tube and apply it where the roof has been punctured. For areas with more extensive damage, use a bucket of asphalt cement to apply a larger patch.
3. Installing a Tarp to Protect Your Home from Damage While Waiting on Repairs
Another temporary repair that you may need to do on your own is install a tarp to protect large damage. You will want to use a construction grade tarp and cover the area that is damage. It is important that you make sure the tarp is well-fastened to the roof, so it will not be blown away if another storm comes and to keep water from getting under the tarp.
These are some tips that will help you protect your home from damage while you are waiting on roof repairs. Contact a roofing contractor to schedule an appointment to inspect your roof and get an estimate on the cost of repairs.