Older roofs can development small holes and leaks, a very common that develops over time. These small holes can be due to a number of different factors like degrading roofing material, the age of the roof, foundation shifting, storm damage, and pests. Old brittle metal roofs are especially vulnerable to this issue and usually need complete replacement. If you find yourself with a small hole that is going to leak when it rains, then you can take some simple precautionary measures that Bryan roofers recommend to seal that hole and prevent further damage.
Rain is On the Way
Depending on your circumstances, an emergency call to a Bryan roofer will get you the help you need. Most professional Bryan roofing contractors have a 24 Hour emergency service where you can speak to a real person about your issue.
Your roofing specialist will respond and help your prevent leaks by sealing the leak for you or setting up emergency tarping for your roof. Depending on the nature of the hole, how it developed, and future issues that may arise, the hole could potentially be resolved on the spot by an experienced roofer.
A DIY Repair
If you elect to handle the repair process yourself you will need to make a quick trip to your local hardware supply store to pick up and epoxy sealer. Roofing sealer is a good sealer to use because it can be found in roofing application specific forms and dries quickly.
For a great DIY opportunity, simply fill the hole from both sides with your sealer. Be sure that no air is able to travel through for a quick spot test. Allow the sealer to dry (you are on a time limited basis). Once the sealer appears to be firm to the touch and dry (follow instructions closely) you should test your spot to make sure it holds.
Only a Temporary Fix
It is important to note that this is only a temporary fix. Without determining the entire scope of the hole, especially how it formed and any future ramifications of its existence, it is hard to tell how long your patch will hold.
When you have the opportunity to do so, you should have your hole and patch inspected by a qualified Bryan roofer. Your local roofing contractor will be able to determine the cause and result of the hole in your roof. Additionally, they will repair your roof according to your manufacturer’s recommendations, helping to maintain any existing warranty, if a repair is needed.
A Few Precautions
Do not attempt a quick fix if inclement weather is approaching rapidly. You should leave the emergency repair work to professional Bryan roofers with the experience to handle emergency roof repairs in extreme situations.
Also, be sure to check with your existing roof warranty on the proper procedures to maintain warranty. Just like a car if you do not maintain the car properly, you can potentially void the warranty. That clause is specifically in effect in the event that an improper roof repair was to compromise the structural integrity of the roof itself. It could lead to premature failure, voiding your warranty.
If you find yourself with a small hole in the roof and need a quick repair, contact Schulte Roofing. Schulte Roofing has been providing emergency tarping service for the last 18 years. They also reserve priority access to customers under the Overhead Care Club maintenance plan and the BulletProof Roof® Guarantee.