How to perform emergency roof protection

Sometimes, your roof may sustain damage during inclement weather. When storm damage occurs after standard...

Sometimes, your roof may sustain damage during inclement weather. When storm damage occurs after standard business hours, on a holiday or during a period of widespread storm damage, you may not be able to find a roofer immediately. In addition, financial constraints may affect your ability to seek professional help at that moment. However, there are steps that you can take to perform emergency roof protection to safeguard your home and its contents from damage.

Caution is king when walking on the roof

If the damage is a result of inclement weather, you should not attempt to go on the roof until the storm has passed. Although emergency roof protection is important, your personal safety is the top priority and you are no match for strong winds, pounding rain and the possibility of lightning strikes. Also, try to avoid going on the roof at night, since your visibility is limited by the darkness. In addition, exercise extreme caution in case there are weak or open places on the roof where you could potentially fall through.

Clogs can cause a collapse

If possible, find the source of the leak, since this will help you determine where to perform emergency roof protection work. Also check roof drains to be sure that they are not clogged, since a buildup of water can cause the roof to leak or even collapse under the weight.

All roof coverings are not created equal

Cover the roof with heavy-duty tarps to prevent water, wind and other elements from entering the home. If you can't find the heavy-duty variety, you can use regular blue tarps, but they are not as durable. Use 1-inch-by-2-inch wood batten to secure the tarps to the roof. Place the battens vertically on the tarps with a 3-foot to 4-foot distance between each one. Don't place the battens horizontally since this may allow water to seep through. Use nails to hold the battens in place.

Nails are a double-edged sword

Be advised that since the nails are creating holes in the roof, the nailed areas will probably need replacing. Also remember that covering the roof with a tarp only provides temporary emergency roof protection--although in some areas of widespread storm damage, the tarps may have to last for months. If this is your case, be sure to use heavy-duty material so you won't have to climb up on the roof to replace the tarps. When you are able to start permanent repair work, consider calling an Atlanta roof repair specialist to expertly repair the roof.

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