Emergency roof repair

By Michel RoyMichel Roy


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Every clever cottager has a first aid kit handy. It’s a good idea to keep emergency supplies around for your roof too. The storm that drops a branch through the lid of your cottage won’t call ahead to remind you to stop at the hardware store on the way. Put aside a few extra shingles or an extra section of sheet metal roofing, plus a roll of flashing, 
a tarp, a tube or can of roof tar, some long roofing nails or screws, and washers.

For a quick, temporary repair of a small puncture in a shingled roof, slip a sheet of thin, waterproof material up under the shingles located above the hole. Use a piece of roof flashing, an unrolled section of stovepipe, or even a rubber floor mat from the car or boat. Secure the patch with roofing nails and tar.

When a large branch gores your roof, you need a stopgap—literally. Cover a gaping hole with plywood 
screwed into the roof deck, topped with a tarp. Unless you like a ragged sail-in-the-breeze look, roll the 
tarp’s vertical edges a couple of turns around 1×3 strapping. Screw or nail (with a washer on each fastener) through the wrapped strapping into the roof. The tarp should extend over the roof peak by a foot or two; secure that side the same way. Pull the tarp’s bottom edges taut; drive screws or nails through either large washers or, if you have any left, more strapping.

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Mar. 12, 2014

2:23 pm

If you are deeply concerned about waterproofing of basement and repairing the damaged roof, then you should call the best waterproofing company based at Cape Town. You can pop over to this site to send your enquiry, or ask for carrying out the inspection of your home to get the suitable quote.

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