Spring and summer can bring violent storms to many areas of the country, with high winds and heavy rains. In some areas of the country, ice storms can produce severe tree damage that can collapse onto residential roofs. When these events occur, homeowners should be prepared to do some minor roof to prevent further roof damage.
Assessing Your Roof Damage
Often, after a storm, you can immediately see the damage to your roof from fallen tree limbs and flying debris. Sometimes, however, you may have to get on the roof to visually inspect areas that may have suffered damage but are not apparent. Depending on the design of your roof, you may be able to safely do some minor repairs yourself. Always use appropriate safety harnesses, proper footwear and other preventative procedures to avoid accidents.
Many times, old or weakened trees can collapse during storms and fall onto the roof. These will have to be removed before examining the roof to see if damage has occurred. You may need additional help from a family member or friend to move heavy limbs from the roof area. Then, assess the extent of the damage. If the tree has only damaged a few tiles, you can remove the damaged areas and replace them, securing them in the same fashion as the others. Ensure that materials below the tiles have not sustained damage also.
Ice storms can cause considerable damage to roofing materials. Water can intrude between and under the material where it freezes. This can then lift the materials out of place allowing water into underlying structures. You should call a contractor to do a full assessment of the damage and get quotes for repairs that you can forward to your insurance company.
Tarping Your Roof
Tarping the roof to prevent further damage of the roof and interior of the home is often done to allow the homeowner time to compare quotes for the cost of repairs. If a period of time will pass between the time of the damage and when your roofing contractor arrives to make repairs, homeowners should tarp the damaged area. a large size plastic tarp from your local home improvement store and spread it over the damaged area. Ensure that the tarp covers the entire area with plenty of material over the margins. Pull the tarp tight and wrap them around a suitable length of 2 x 4 inch lumber. Then nail the 2 x 4 to the stable part of the roof.
Sometimes, storm damage can weaken existing problems causing leaks into the interior of the home. Homeowners can repair small leaks by spreading roofing compound over tarpaper patch. Allow this to dry thoroughly. Inspect the leak periodically to determine if a professional repair is required.
Homeowners may be able to do some minor repairs
Though you can do your own small, temporary repairs after a storm, homeowners should contact a reputable roofing contractor to ensure that no major structural damage has occurred.
Choosing A Roofing Contractor
Any storm damage should be inspected by a reputable roofing contractor. Optimally, you should get references from neighbors for a company they with which they have had some experience.