Whether your roof is aging, or your house faces some drastic weather conditions there may come a time when you notice an issue with your roof such as a leak and cannot get a contractor out right away to fix it.
There are a few things you can do to buy yourself some time while you wait on a roofing professional.
1. The first thing you can do is cover the area of the leak with a tarp or another kind of plastic covering. You will need to climb onto the roof and measure the affected area. Next, clear away any kind of dirt and debris so you are working with as clean of an area as possible. After you clean, you will want to make sure your covering is a few feet bigger than the area so that it has plenty of covering. You can buy self-adhesive tarps at the store but in the case that you do not have one you can use heavy items such as sandbags to help secure the tarp to the roof. You could also use roofing tape if need be, to help secure the covering. Whichever method you use just make sure it is secure enough that the tarp will not fly away.
2. If the affected area of the roof is small you can use the roofing tape that was mentioned above to help temporarily fix the issue. Think of this like when you put duct tape on a plastic bottle that has a hole. This is not going to hold for very long usually but can help you until you can get a better solution.
3. A third way to help is to make a DIY shingle. Try to find a piece of sheet metal which can be cut to fit the area. Next you will need a type of sealant to secure the make-shift shingle to your roof. There are a few different types, so it is best to do a quick Google search to find the one that works best with your roof.
4. Again, if your affected area is small (for example a single damaged shingle) you may be able to use the sealant on the preexisting shingle to help repair it temporarily.
5. This tip is not so much what to do to help your roof while you wait for a professional but a way to make sure your roof is fixed well. As soon as you notice an issue with your roof you will want to start looking for a roofing contractor to fix the problem. If you do not already have a specific roofer, you use regularly then you will need to do some searching. Make sure to search for reviews, certifications and how they work with your insurance. You should find your tip 2 or 3 and then find who can see you in a timely manner.
These are just a few simple tips for helping to repair a leaking roof while you wait on a professional to come assist you. Of course, the best tip is always prevention. It is a good idea to inspect your roof regularly and especially after bad weather. Try to keep all gutters and the roof clear from debris and have an experienced roofing company come inspect your roof every once and awhile. Staying ahead of the game will help save you time and money in the future.