Any leak should be plugged as soon as possible, and major leaks even more so. Major leaks warrant emergency roof repairs, but some homeowners find it hard to determine if their roof really needs to be fixed.
Exterior Building Solutions, one of the top roofing companies in the state, explains in what circumstances a roof problem would be classified as an emergency and walks you through an emergency roof repair below.
What Type of Damage Warrants Emergency Roof Repair Work?
Any damage that exposes a significant portion of your roof’s substrate or underlying layers would usually warrant an emergency roof repair; moisture can easily seep through gaps in your roof and cause further damage.
More often than not, roofing systems suffer moderate to severe storm damage after an extreme weather event. Gale-force winds can blow off shingles or knock down trees that can penetrate your roof’s protective layers. As such, it’d be a good idea to have your roof inspected by a qualified and experienced contractor after any major weather event.
Emergency roof repairs don’t necessarily have to come after major weather events, however, as damage can accumulate over time. Squirrels and other rodents, for example, can leave holes in your roof. In such a case, an emergency roof repair is needed.
What Happens During Emergency Roof Repairs?
Contractors will go to your home as soon as the weather allows. Once they arrive, they’ll do a quick assessment and some temporary repair work; usually, they’ll just tarp the damaged area until the weather subsides or until they can propose a permanent solution.
What Can I Do While Waiting for the Contractor?
While waiting for the contractor, avoid attempting to repair the roof yourself as you might unintentionally cause further damage to it or expose it to unnecessary risks. Instead, document the damage in preparation for the filing of insurance claims.
Exterior Building Solutions is a contractor with more than 25 years’ worth of experience and offers emergency roof repair services. To get a free roofing assessment, call (314) 729-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Chesterfield and St Louis, MO.