As hurricane season continues to roll forward, the chances of a severe storm are as strong as ever. If you're staring down the potential for a strong storm, it's important that you are prepared to take care of your roof afterward. After all, serious storm damage to your roof could actually threaten the stability of your home by allowing water damage and pest infestations. Here's a look at some tips for spotting and dealing with damage after the storm while you're waiting for your roofing technician.
Spotting Storm Damage
A quick glance up at the roof isn't always enough to spot trouble. Instead, you'll want to get the ladder out so you can look at the roof from up close. There are a few things you should watch for.
- Lost or Torn Roofing Shingles – If the storm came with high winds and hail, it can cause damage like this.
- Lost Metal Panels – Strong wind gusts and high winds can be damaging to metal panels.
- Visible Warping – Asphalt shingles can warp and indent due to hail damage, and it can expose the fiberglass in severe cases.
Dealing With Damage
If you've found roofing damage and your roofing contractor can't get to you immediately, you'll want to take steps to protect your home and your roof from further damage. One great way to do that is by covering the area with a heavy-duty tarp.
In order for a tarp to be effective, though, you need to make sure it's attached correctly. Otherwise, it's not going to provide any protection. Buy a tarp that's large enough to cover the entire damaged area from the eaves to the peak with a few feet on each side of additional coverage.
Cut a couple of 2x4s so that they are a few feet longer than the width of your tarp. Wrap one end of the tarp around one of the 2x4s. Staple the tarp to the wood with a staple gun, then nail the 2x4 to the roof at the eaves. Put another 2x4 on top of it and attach the two wood pieces together with long nails. Attach another 2x4 on the other side of the roof peak, then stretch the tarp over to it. Staple the tarp in place.
Nail 2x4's in place along the edges of the tarp as well. The goal is to make sure that you have more than enough along the sides to keep the sides down. Otherwise, wind could get underneath the tarp and rip it.
Although a tarp isn't a long-term solution to a damaged roof, it can protect the area until your roofing contractor, such as Surface Shield Protective Coatings, can come out. That helps ensure that there isn't any further damage before you can deal with the storm's aftermath with your roofer.