Your Roofing First Aid Kit – Do You Have One?

You probably have at least one first aid kit in your home for medical emergencies that your family may experience, but, do you have a first aid kit for the roof on your home? With storm season in full force right now, it is crucial that you prepare yourself for roofing damage that may occur at any given time. So, how do you handle roofing emergencies?

Build a Roofing First Aid Kit

Your roofing first aid kit should include:

  1. Quality tarps – choose tarps with metal grommets built into each side
  2. A hammer or two
  3. Box of roofing nails
  4. Rubber roofing sheets
  5. Rubber roofing sealant
  6. A few rolls of duct tape
  7. Floor squeegee
  8. Several wood furring strips
  9. Easily accessible ladder
  10. Old towels

So, now that you have a first aid kit put together, you should learn what to do.

Survey the Damage

Wait until the weather has cleared before attempting to climb on the roof. Never attempt to go onto your roof when the winds are strong, it is raining or there is lightening in the area.

Once the weather has cleared, you can begin assessing the damage. Look for areas that are missing shingles, areas that the shingles have lifted, damaged flashing, etcetera.

Eliminate Puddles

Use the squeegee to push any water that is sitting on the roof off. The longer you allow the water to rest on the damaged roof, the better the chances of it seeping through the roof and causing interior damage.

Minor Repairs

If you have found areas that are missing a shingle or two or have raised shingles, you can make some temporary repairs that will hold up long enough for you to hire a roofing contractor to make permanent repairs.

  • Dry the area as best you can with old towels.
  • Apply a thin layer of rubber roofing sealant to the area.
  • Cut the rubber roofing sheet to cover the area and two-inches beyond the damage.
  • Place the sheet over the sealant and smooth it down.
  • Apply sealant to the edges and two-inches beyond the edges.

Fast and Major Repairs

If the damage to your roof is beyond a few missing shingles, you need to get the roof covered as quickly as possible. This is when you want to use the tarps.

  • Choose a tarp that is large enough to cover the damaged area. If the area is too large for your largest tarp, you can use multiple tarps.
  • Start at the lowest point of the damaged area and lay the tarp flat.
  • Get a furring strip and place it along the edge of the tarp over the grommets.
  • Pound roofing nails through the furring strip through the grommet holes. This will provide a secure attachment to the roof with little worry of the tarp ripping during heavy winds.
  • Repeat this process until you have completely framed in the tarp.
  • If more than one tarp is needed, place the second one over the top edge of the already nailed tarp. Attach it to the roof as you did the first one. The point of attaching the higher one second is to keep the water from running off of it and under the lowest positioned one.

So, now you know what you can do to prepare for summer storm roofing damage. Build your first aid kit, print this guide, and jot down the number to a roofing contractor that you can call for permanent repairs after the storms have passed.

For help from a professional roofing contractor, contact a company such as Drey Roofing.