Often, we’re not concerned with emergency roof repair especially during the calm seasons in Brampton. However, when sub-zero temperatures begin to wreak havoc against the roofing material, ice dams can cause leaks even without prior roofing damage. True enough, ice dams will cause both massive roof material damage and a shortened roof lifespan.

Indeed, your roof materials and deck will sustain further damage if you do not perform emergency roof repairs. One way to prevent leaks from worsening is to use a tarpaulin cover around the damaged area. This method is especially useful especially if you have only a few hours until heavy rainfall begins again.

GrizzlyTarps has some of the best roofing tarpaulin for emergency roof repair. Furthermore, they’ve got an excellent guide on how to tarp a roof during emergencies:

How to Tarp a Roof Like a Pro

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, or severe storm, the first important phase of the recovery process is rehabilitating your home. Being the most exposed part of your house, your roof is probably the one which was most damaged. And during such time, it can be difficult to find professionals who will fix your roof right away.

It’s not a good thing to ignore mild leaks or even minor cracks on your roof as they can lead to further damage and of course – higher repair cost in the end. A very effective and inexpensive remedy is to install a tarp. When installed properly, good quality tarps can give protection from the rain up to 90 days, depending on weather conditions. This gives you more than enough time to have your roof repaired by professionals back to its original state.

Installing tarp on your roof is easier than you think. It only requires a few steps to do it properly. Check out this step-by-step instruction on how to tarp a roof like a pro!

What you need:

  • High-quality woven poly tarp (the thicker the better, the one option to consider is the silver tarp)
  • 2 x 4 wooden planks/boards (4-5 pieces)
  • Nails, about 3 1/4 inches long
  • Hammer
  • Screw gun
  • Utility knife (for cutting the tarp)
  • Safety goggles, ladder, hand gloves
  • Blue Grizzly Tarps
  • Silver Grizzly Tarps

How to Tarp a Roof: Step by Step

Clean the debris.

First things first – make sure to remove all debris from your roof. This helps you easily find the leak source. Look out for broken panels, torn or missing shingles, out of place tiles, and dented vents.

Measure the area to be covered with a tarp.

The size of the tarp you are using will depend on the measurements of the area to be repaired. There are all kinds of sizes available to suit your needs like 12×16 feet silver tarps or a larger sized 20×30 feet durable tarps. Partially unroll the tarp to cover the damaged section. Allow at least 4 feet overhang past the peak and let the rest hang off the eave. (read more here)

However, if you feel you’re quite handy with a bit of repair work, have the right tools, and plenty of time until the next heavy rain or snowfall hits, you can try to perform emergency roof repair on your asphalt shingle roof.

True enough, this is especially useful when you find some missing or cracked shingles along the leak’s entry point. Once again. only attempt to use ThisOldHouse’s detailed asphalt shingle emergency roof repair method if you have time to spare, the right tools, and experience in handling roofing repairs.

Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles

Step-by-step instructions for the three most-common asphalt-shingle repairs

1. Slip a flat pry bar under the damaged shingle and press down to pop out the roofing nails.

Maintaining a sound roof literally tops the list of crucial home repairs: It keeps you and your family warm and dry, along with everything in your house. Any damage or signs of wear call for immediate action to keep water from seeping under the shingles and rotting the wood sheathing beneath. Ignoring a problem—even what appears to be a small one—will accelerate the need to reroof and can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a new roof.

If your roof is more than 20 years old and most of the shingles are damaged or badly worn, it’s time to replace it. But if your roof is basically sound and is at a relatively shallow pitch that you’re comfortable working on, you can probably handle most repairs yourself. Here, we’ll take you through the three most-common ones: replacing asphalt shingles; gluing down a badly curled shingle; and repairing shingles that have cracked. Always make roof repairs on a warm, dry afternoon; the shingles will be more supple and less likely to crack. And never climb onto a roof that’s wet, icy or covered with morning dew.

2. Slide the new shingle up into place. Be sure to align with the shingles of either side.

Swap Shingles

If part of a shingle is missing, you’ll have to replace the whole thing. First see if you have any leftover shingles from the last time the roof was worked on (with any luck, the builder or the roofer who handled the job left some behind). If not, you’ll have to buy a bundle at a home center or lumberyard ($15 to $20 per square—100 sq. ft.—of standard three-tab shingles). If you can’t find a perfect match, choose the closest one.

Replacing a damaged shingle requires a hammer, a flat pry bar, a utility knife and a handful of 11/4-in. roofing nails. Each shingle is initially secured with four nails; when the next shingle course above is installed, however, its nails also pass through the top edge of the shingles in the course below.

Begin removing the first row of nails by sliding the pry bar under the shingle immediately above the damaged one and gently lifting it to free it from the sealer strip. You’ll see the first row of nails beneath.

Slip the pry bar under the damaged shingle and pry upward. Once the nail pops up about 1/4 in., remove the pry bar, press the shingle down and pull out the nail. Repeat this procedure for the remaining three nails. Then push the pry bar under the shingle directly above the damaged one and remove the second row of nails the same way. After yanking all eight nails, pull out the damaged shingle.

If the existing shingles are brittle, you may not be able to pry out the second row of nails without cracking a shingle. In that case, tear out the damaged shingle and cut V-notches in the replacement to fit around the four nails. Slide the new shingle up into place and secure it with four nails.

3. Carefully lift the upper shingle and secure the new shingle with roofing nails.

Fix Curled Corners

As asphalt shingles get older, their corners often begin to curl downward or upward. If you notice a shingle starting to curl, you can forestall the inevitable curling by gluing down the curled section.

Use a caulking gun to apply a dab of roofing sealant (about $4 per 10-oz. tube) under the corner. Weigh it down with a brick (right); leave the weight in place for at least 24 hours until the sealant dries. That’s all there is to it.

Repair Cracked Shingles (Continued here)

Lastly, leaks due to penetration or ice dams aren’t only common to residential properties. In fact, commercial properties suffer much from it too. However, the approach to providing emergency roof repair for flat rolled materials is more technical than a simple tarp covering or asphalt shingle repair.

True enough, you’ll need the help of a professional roofing company to achieve proper flat roof repairs. However, you can check for possible signs of damage, take a note, and hasten the contractor’s job. EastmanRoofing has an excellent checklist of possible leak sources on EPDM or rubber roofs — the common commercial roofing material —  to speed up this task.

EPDM Roof Repair

EPDM roofs (ethylene propylene diene terpolyer), M-Class rubber, are a type of synthetic rubber; an elastomer designed for a wide range of applications besides roofing. It does not pollute runoff water. It is a single-ply roof bonded with adhesive. Eastman Roofing is familiar with several EPDM roof repair issues and will quickly and properly repair them for you.

Ponding Water

When water sits on a roof for more than 48 hours without evaporating or running off naturally, it is called ponding. It is a code violation. Manufacturers exclude ponding areas. Ponding breaks down the asphalt by causing the oil in the asphalt to migrate. A leak in a ponding area can cause a lot of damage.

Surface Damage/Deterioration

Deterioration from the UV rays of the sun can damage the membrane. Thermal shock – daily movement from hot and cold temperatures — causes the roof to bind against itself, which can cause damage. Sometimes a tree branch or people walking on the roof can cause damage. The membrane is open and can allow seepage if not repaired.

Tear in Membrane

The material has broken down or damage from a third party has damaged the roof. Repair the damage with new EPDM material. Clean the surface, apply adhesive. Let new adhesive dry before gluing (it is a contact type of adhesive) or with an EternaBond type material. Monitor the roof for signs of deterioration or damage to determine when replacement or a coating system needs to be applied.

Separation at Seams

The separation at the seam was sealed with the wrong material applied on top. Remove the sealant and apply proper material in between seam.

Improper Repair

If repairs are made with inferior materials, they may work for the short term, but will fail prematurely. Clean the surface, apply an elastomeric material with a reflective surface and/or apply acrylic coating.

Material not Anchored

If the original installer did not use the proper number of fasteners, the roof will pucker and pull at the seams. This can eventually cause separation and seepage. It can be repaired, but a repair may have to be done again before the roof is worn out because of abnormal movement in the membrane.

Torn at Seam (continued)

True enough, emergency roof repair isn’t exactly the best option for your roof. True enough, it can hold down the fort for one or even two weeks. Then again, it is not a permanent solution. Your roof will still require the workmanship and experience of professional roofers.

If you have yet to find one, you can count on Brampton Roofing to help you. We are a decades-experienced roofing company that can handle emergency roof repair at any time of day.

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