No matter how often you check your roof for maintenance, there will probably come a time when a situation requires an emergency repair. It isn’t necessarily your fault – there are unforeseen events that can lead to major damage that should be addressed promptly. In times of emergency roof repairs, you can’t be the hero; it is best to call the professionals at Showalter to respond to your roofing needs.
This article will provide you with some important tips in dealing with roofing emergencies.
How You Know You Need an Emergency Repair
Depending on the situation, roofing repair needs will be different. Some are more minor and may not need the assistance of professional roofing contractors. On the other hand, some damage may require a total roof replacement. Regardless, it is relatively simple to determine if the repair needs to happen fast. The amount and severity of the damage may result to further damage to the roof and your home if it is not addressed. The most common type of damage that requires an emergency repair is a roof leak that has spread damage to the home’s interior.
Severe weather is the largest culprit of roofing emergencies. Hailstorms, heavy snow and rain and strong winds can inflict major damage. Most homeowners don’t think to inspect the roof after a storm, and any unseen issue that isn’t addressed may cause a financial burden down the road.
Roofing Repairs, the Right Way
Most of the time, a roof repair involves a leak. The first thing you should do is protect household items that are exposed to the water that may come down from the leak. It is equally important to control the leaking water so you can minimize damage inside your home.
If there is remaining water, remove it and go up on the roof to find the source of the leak. If it isn’t large, you may seal it; make sure you use the right sealant based on the material your roof is made of. A few tips:
- Don’t climb on the roof during a storm or when the sun it hot.
- Go through each shingle to find the leak source.
- If you cut a piece of the roof flashing or metal sheet, make sure the piece is around five inches bigger in diameter than the leak.
- The cut piece must be placed underneath the shingles.
- Use a hammer to secure the sheet in place.
If you are uncomfortable going up on your roof or are not sure you are repairing it properly, you can’t beat the experience of a professional roofing contractor. Call Showalter Roofing Services if you find that your roof has experienced damage.
Courtesy of Builder’s News