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Charlotte Roofing: Article About Temporary Patches For Roof Leaks

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A leaking roof can quickly cause serious damage to a building. Although making arrangements to have the roof properly fixed or replaced could take days or weeks, you have options for installing temporary repairs that will halt the intrusion of water. You should only attempt to patch the roof if you feel confident about working up there, however.

Two basic approaches provide you with effective means of patching leaks. If you can identify the holes were water is getting in, and they are small holes, you can use flashing to cover them. Larger holes or roof areas where you're not exactly sure where the water is coming in require covering with a blue tarpaulin, commonly called a tarp.

If you're wary of getting up on a roof, keep in mind that most Charlotte roofing companies will apply these same temporary fixes until they can get a crew out there to do the permanent work. A roofer might charge for the patch or simply include it in the price of the final job if you choose to hire that company for the permanent repair work.

To take care of temporary patches yourself, figure out whether you have small holes or large areas of damage. To cover small holes, you'll need to get a roll of flashing, a tube of neoprene flashing cement, tin snips, a pry bar and a putty knife.

The roofing contractors from Southern Home Services of Charlotte would be happy to answer questions about vinyl siding or fiber cement siding.

You'll gently pry up the shingle above the hole without ripping it off. Next, you need to cut a piece of flashing to cover the hole. Before placing the patch, make a thick bead of flashing cement around the hole and then slide part of the flashing piece under the upper shingle. Press the flashing down over the hole. To complete the patch, apply more cement along the edges of the flashing and smooth it down with the putty knife.

When you need to protect a larger roof area, drape a tarp over the damage and over the peak of the roof. Do not place it so that water can flow under the tarp. Smooth the tarp down flat and tight against the roof. Secure it in place with 1x2 inch boards. Place these boards perpendicular to the roof line so that water will flow along the boards. Attach the boards with 8-penny nails hammered in about every 16 inches.

These patches do not offer long-term solutions, but they will protect a building from additional water damage. If leaks are allowed to linger without protection, then repair costs will increase substantially as the interior structure becomes compromised by water.

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