DIYs & How-To's

What is Needed in an Emergency Roof Repair Kit?

A roof is designed to protect the home’s interior from outside elements. While it normally has a considerably longer service life, it can also incur damage unexpectedly. Any necessary repairs should be done immediately to prevent further damage. There are times when professional roofing contractors are either not immediately available; then a do-it-yourself fix may be in order.

Repair Kits

An emergency repair kit should always be ready for use. There is no telling how or when a roof may need attention. Even a newly installed one can need emergency repairs; a strong wind could cause the roof to lose a few shingles. There could also be a gaping hole in the structure from a fallen tree branch. Having a repair kit ready will help homeowners apply a temporary fix when professionals are not immediately available. There are many types of repair tools available. The following are some of the tools that should be available in case of an emergency.


There are patches that can be immediately installed over a hole. Choose a patch that comes with one adhesive side to allow quick installation during an emergency repair.


Sealant is an important repair material. On windy days, some roofing material could move from its normal position and create a gap which could allow water leaks. The sealant can be either a temporary or a permanent fix. It can be applied between roofing components, such as flashing and valleys. The sealant can also be used as an adhesive for the patch.

Duct Tape

Duct tape can also be used as an alternative to a proper sealant. It can be used for sealing loose flashing, patching up small holes, and even for holding rubber sheets in place. It will not last long, as duct tape will lose its adhesive property in just a few days.

Rubber Sheets

Rubber sheets are also an essential part of any emergency repair kit. Rubber sheets provide a temporary covering for large gaping holes and keep water from going through the hole and causing more damage to the interior. The material is impenetrable; however, how well it seals is dependent upon what is used to secure the rubber sheet to the roof.


Tarps can be used to cover more major damage to the structure. Professional contractors use tarps to cover parts being worked upon as temporary protection. In an emergency situation, a tarp can be placed to protect the interior area under the tarp from the elements. It is important to keep in mind that tarps can only provide temporary protection as the material is too delicate to handle strong winds.

Safety Tips

When attempting to do an emergency roof repair, remember that a roof can be very dangerous when it is raining as it is slippery or during strong winds that could make it hard to stand. Postpone any work if the weather conditions are too severe. Once temporary repairs have been completed, keep in mind that it is only temporary and will still require the work of a professional contractor. Obtain the services of these experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from becoming worse.