How To Repair Your Roof In An Emergency- Or Should You Even Attempt It?

Severe storms, lightning, fallen trees–all of these are examples of unexpected roof damage. The fact of the matter is: unexpected roof damage is inevitable. No matter the preventative measures a home or business owner takes, unfortunate events are bound to happen. While we can never fully prepare our roofs for emergencies, we can prepare ourselves for the aftermath of unexpected roof damage.

The single most important thing you can do in the event of emergency roof damage is to take it seriously. Your roof is your first line of defense between you and the elements, and as such, it needs to be taken care of properly. Untreated damage caused to this appendage of your home could lead to much more severe damage in the long run, including threats to the structural integrity of the entire building. This leads to the all-important question: how do I repair my roof in an emergency, or should I even try?

What if a roofer can’t see me for a few days?

It often happens, particularly after a severe storm, that roofers get inundated with calls for roof repairs and are scheduling appointments for days out. Where does that leave you? What should you do in the interim? Should you attempt to make the roof repairs yourself? The safest answer to these questions is: Leave it to the professionals.

If your roof has been damaged in a storm, you may be worried about protecting your property from the elements until a professional roofing company can perform a complete repair. Here at StormForce Roofing, we can cover your damaged roof with a temporary tarp to minimize the damage from rain and wind until one of our highly trained experts can do a full inspection and roof repair or replacement.

Attempting to perform repairs yourself, especially in dangerous work environments, is an enormous risk to your physical health and the emotional health of your friends and family should anything happen to you. Never attempt to get on your roof during a storm or in unsafe conditions.

What should I do if my roof starts leaking during a storm?

If your roof springs a leak in the middle of a severe storm, the best course of action for you to take is to wait it out. By placing buckets and tarps beneath roof leaks, you can minimize the damage done to the interior of your home, whether it be flooring, furniture, or other valuables. It can be nerve-wracking to think of that leak and the potential damage it can do to your home if left unchecked. These are valid concerns; however, none are more important than your safety. You should never value the structure of your home more than your personal safety and should not get on the roof during a storm.

What should I do after the storm?

Once the storm has passed, call a professional to assess the damage inflicted on your roof. StormForce helps calm the storm after the storm. As our company name implies, we pride ourselves on being a force against the storms that batter your roof. We provide an array of services to mend your roof in the event of unexpected damage, as well as a variety of other services.

Can I save money by performing the repairs myself?

Homeowners can feasibly do some house projects and save themselves quite a bit of money. For roofing projects, this is not the case. In addition to not having the tools and expertise to do a fitful job at repairing roofs, the average homeowner could also be putting themselves at risk by getting on their rooftop. Professional roofers can spot portions of roofing that are unsafe to walk on. To an untrained eye, these are easy to miss and could result in someone falling through their roof.

Your health and safety are infinitely more valuable than the money you would save attempting to repair the roof yourself. If you want to save money, the best action would be to shop around. Make sure to do your research when you’re hiring a roofing company. In some cases, companies are capable of charging less by cutting corners. Keep this in mind when making your decision.

In conclusion

Emergency roof repairs are inevitable–especially in areas with severe weather. But the inevitable doesn’t need to be painful. The Jacksonville professionals at StormForce take the inconvenience and headache out of emergency repairs. You can trust these experts to safely take care of any damage your roof sustains by providing individualized services to fit your home’s needs. Please don’t allow these damages to cause further destruction. Contact us today!