Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to your home's roof. Depending on how severe the damage is, you may need to deal with and prevent leaks while waiting for a roofer to come and do the repairs. Here are some ideas to help prevent roof leaks until a roofing contractor can get to your home and repair the damage:
1. Fastening A Tarp To Cover Large Sections Of Roof Damage
One of the first things you will need to do after a storm is cover the damaged area with a tarp. To do this, get a waterproof tarp large enough to cover the section of the roof with obvious damage. When you have the tarp in place, you will want to fasten it beneath the tabs of shingles above the damaged area. In addition, make sure to fasten the lower sections of the tarp so it does not blow up in gusts of wind. Instead of using one large tarp for extensive damage, use several smaller tarps, which will be less likely to be blown off the roof.
2. Sealing Small Damage To Shingles With Roofing Cement
Sometimes, the damage may not be big enough to worry about putting a tarp on your roof. If there are only a few damaged shingles and tears in the roof, use an asphalt patching cement to temporarily repair the damage. To do this, generously paint over the damaged area with the tar-like material (available in cans at most hardware stores). This can be done for areas where the shingles are going to need to be replaced. If you want the repair to look nicer, apply the tar under the tabs of damaged shingles and use a paint brush to blend it in with your shingles.
3. Replacing Missing Shingles With New Materials To Prevent Leaks
If there are only a few missing shingles, another option that you may want to consider is replacing them yourself. This can easily be done by using a flat-bar to remove the damaged shingle. Slide a new shingle in the place where you removed the old one and nail it to the roof. When you finish the repair, you can also add a bead of roofing cement to the tabs to prevent them from coming up. If it is cool when these repairs are done, use a heat gun or torch to melt the nailing strip (adhesive stripe on shingles) back down to the roof.
These are some tips to help you deal with storm damage and prevent leaks that can cause further water damage after the storm has past. If your home has roof damage, contact a roofing service like Berkeley Exteriors and schedule an appointment for them to assess the damage on your roof.