There’s no good time for your roof to begin leaking, but there are definitely times when it is worse than others. If your roof begins to leak during the holidays or on the weekend or any other time when your roofer can’t come out, it poses a problem for you and the integrity of your roof.
This is where temporary roof repairs come in. While we do not recommend these fixes as long term solutions, they are designed to help get you through a short period of time with minimal water damage or issues to your home.
The best all-round solution of roof damage or leaks is to cover the area with a heavy duty tarp and secure it properly. While not the best or most aesthetically pleasing solution, this is a great quick fix to protect against damage in emergency situations or during storms.
WikiHow have a step by step for how to tarp a roof, you can read all about it here. Again, we do not endorse tarping you roof as a long-term solution, however if it's an emergency fix until proper repairs are carried out then tarping is the easiest option.
If you have some loose, missing, or curling shingles you can read below about how to temporarily fix the issue.
Straighten out any curling shingles by softening them with a heat gun and gluing them down with roofing cement.
Slide any loose shingles back under the bottom edge of the row above and nail them down securely with 6d galvanized nails. Cover all the nail heads with roofing cement.
If you have missing, cracked or damaged shingles, and you need a temporary repair that will be a little more attractive than a tarp, you can make some shingles out of sheet metal or copper. Cut the sheet metal into the shape of the singles by tracing a loose shingle on top. Nail the metal shingles onto the roof in the same way you would install an asphalt shingle; use roofing cement, slide the top of the shingle under the bottom of the previous one, nail it into place, and cover the nail heads with additional roofing cement.
This is a good way to repair a few missing shingles if you don’t have any on hand, and you intend to replace the entire roof fairly soon.
By making an emergency roof repair while you await a new roof, you can help prevent thousands of dollars worth of water damage, mold, and mildew to your home. Make sure you catch problems as soon as possible and call for an inspection right away, and make any necessary emergency repairs you need.
While your roof is leaking and you’ve contacted a roofer for help, but they can’t get there immediately, there are some things you can do to to minimize the damage to your home’s interior as well as the roof.