If inclement weather or age leave your roof in poor condition, then you may need to take protective measures to secure the affected area until a professional contractor can assess the extent of the problem. These temporary solutions prevent further structural damage and protect your assets and family. This guide outlines a few effective ways to address the most common roof issues including leaks, damaged shingles, and worn-out joints.
Seal Leaks With Chemical Coatings
Previously, tarp was used to protect roofs from storm damage. However, they are prone to tearing and do not offer sufficient UV protection, leaving surfaces vulnerable to additional problems. Today, chemical coatings designed to patch leaky roofs temporarily will resolve the issue until you get professional repairs. These coatings are usually made of a waterproof modified acrylic that seals leaks and extends the life of your roof until help arrives.
Replace Damaged Shingles With Sheet Metal
Sheet metal is another common alternative to tarps. This material is more durable and attractive, making it a suitable temporary solution to extensive damage that might take a long time to fix. The sheets can be attached to the top of the roof with a nail gun and sealed with roofing cement. Sheet metal will also be more durable option than a plastic tarp if another winter storm is in the forecast, protecting the structure from additional damage.
Fill Cracked Joints With Roofing Cement
Roofing cement is a multipurpose solution to a wide range of structural problems. Apply a generous amount to any areas that show signs of cracking or wear and tear to seal the roof from potential drafts and leaks. The cement also provides insulation to keep warm air inside, so your family stays comfortable until the contractor arrives.
These temporary solutions will not extend the life of your roof indefinitely and it’s important to have a professional contractor address the issue as soon as possible. JAM Associates of Poughkeepsie, NY, provides long-lasting solutions to keep customers’ roofs standing tall. For more information about their services, visit their website or call (845) 454-4853.