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Whether it’s simply bad luck or the old adage “Murphy’s Law,” your roof is bound to spring a leak during the storm of the season.

Or, perhaps the cable repairmen down the road miscalculated the length of their equipment, and suddenly you find yourself looking up at the sky from your dining room table.

However, roof problems may not simply be a result of natural disasters and freak accidents. Rains, hail, snow, sun, and wind all contribute to your roof’s general wear and tear over time. Without proper maintenance, any one of these can become a reason for emergency roof repair.

Knowing who to call and what to do is crucial.

What is Emergency Roof Repair?

No matter the reason, in the event of damage, emergency roof repairs need to be undertaken quickly. Time is crucial to preventing further destruction and keeping costs down.

Even a minor leak should be considered an emergency roof repair.

Water can rot structures, including the roof decking, which supports the entire roof, and damage walls, furniture, and personal effects. It can also cause electrical damage, which can become a fire hazard.

Emergency Roof Repair – Tarping

A tarp is usually the first line of defence in emergency roof repair.

Although one may be tempted to quickly tarp by yourself to prevent further water damage, this is dangerous and should be left to professionals.

However, at times, roofers may be unavailable or occupied during a holiday or a weekend. Temporary repairs may need to tide you through until a professional can come out for a scheduled later appointment for more comprehensive repairs.

In an absolute emergency, proceed with extreme caution and use binoculars to survey damage on the roof. Use a ladder with a partner and tread carefully.

Large, gaping holes can be quickly covered with plywood and a large, outdoor tarp. The tarp should hang over the edge by at least a foot and be nailed in. Pull it down tightly and smoothly. The nail edges should be covered with roofing cement. In addition, glue down loose shingles with a glue gun and roofing cement.

All property owners, including those living in storm-prone areas, should have an emergency roof kit available on hand. Some essentials include extra sheet metal roofing, extra shingles, a large, outdoor tarp, roofing cement, and long nails.

Most tarp covers will protect for up to 90 days.

Choosing An Emergency Roof Repair Contractor

Choosing an emergency roof repair contractor is a very important decision. Your roof is one of the largest structures on your property, one of the most essential, and one of the most expensive.  Taken care of correctly, it will keep you safe and last for many years.

Browse Google reviews and compare local contractor. See who is highly rated, at a reasonable price in your area.

Better Business Bureau Listings(BBB) can serve as an important resource as well. Access the site to see if complaints have been lodged against a specific company or contractor. BBB are available for all of North America, including Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Ask for your neighbours and friends for a referral as well. Find out who did their roofs and how satisfied they were with services.

Do not allow a contractor to pressure you into signing a contract or agreeing to service. Get a second opinion if you are not comfortable with the prices or their attitude.

Make sure that the contractor is licensed. The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association’s list is a good place to start because license regulation differ by province. In the United States, license regulations differ by state as well. The Roofer’s Helper offers a handy list of website links to different regulations divided by state.

Emergency Roof Repair Cost

The cost of emergency roof repairs vary, however, certain homeowner’s insurance in certain geographical areas may cover a portion in cases of natural disasters. Be sure to check your policy, some insurance can preclude those living in high-risk areas.

Despite the cost, emergency repairs will save you money in the long run by preventing further damage.

Preventing Damage In the Meantime

Despite the fact that not all damage can be prevented, especially in the case of natural causes, prevention and maintenance should not be overlooked.

Once a year, a quick outside inspection should look for broken, blistering or missing shingles, cracks, and moss (indicates decay).Inside you should check for peeling paint on roof overhangs and dark areas on your ceiling.

Emergency roof repairs are never pleasant and can be quite expensive. However, they are a necessary part of property ownership All roofs eventually need to be replaced because of natural wear and tear after about 20 years. With maintenance and emergency repairs, it will remain stronger in the meantime and perhaps prevent disaster, or at least minimize it.