You can ignore every single small issue around your house for as long as you want, but when there is roof damage, you can’t procrastinate. There are many things that can happen to your roof both small and big, but damages caused by weather conditions are among the biggest and most serious ones. Rains and snow might not harm your roof to a great extent, but storms can cause roof emergencies and if you are living in a stormy area then being prepared for storm damage is a good idea. So, without further ado, let’s jump into discussing some tips on emergency roof repairs after storm damage.
The first and most important thing that you can do as a homeowner in case of roof emergency is to stay calm and act instead of panicking. If the damage is big then the faster you get help, the easier the repair process will be and plus, it will spare you future inconveniences.
Go and check the roof to understand the damage. Once you have a good idea of what has happened to your roof, call your contractor and insurance provider and explain the case. Don’t call them during the storm, no contractor or insurance provider will send you help when it’s rain, wind or lightning outside.
What kind of damage are we talking about?
Emergencies can vary and before designing the plan of action, it’s important to understand the level of damage that you are facing. Different kinds of damages require different approaches. For example, perhaps because of the storm a tree fell on your roof or maybe the lightning was so strong it damaged your roof. The case will determine further action but the basic and important first step is to quickly install a protective cover to prevent your interior from getting damaged as well and that’s what your roof contractor will do first.
Roof emergency first aid
There are some things that you can do before professional help reaches you. When the storm stops and it’s safe to go outside, climb to your roof and if possible, move around of the shingles that have been dislocated to prevent leaks and generally protect your house.
If the damage is not big, you can cover the cracks with roofing cement or buy additional shingles and install them on the spots that are missing them. If you are looking for a temporary solution, then you can use pieces of metal or copper to cover up the missing shingles.
Replacing the whole roof takes time and financial resources that you might not have right away so, by doing these basic small repairs, you can get yourself a properly functioning roof until you can get a new one.
One last tip
If you don’t already have insurance, then get one. You might think it’s an unnecessary expense but in cases like this, it does pay off. Always keep a number of a roofing contractor in hand and contact them in case of emergencies.