Hurricanes, tornadoes, and torrential downpours can result in a serious roofing emergency. The shingles can be ripped away exposing the building to the outside elements. Roof leak can damage a building and foundation, eventually destroying its overall stability. The following are three possible damage scenarios and the solutions building owners can use to avoid them.

1. You Know the Roof is Damaged

Roof damage is clear if you notice large amounts of shingle on the ground, or water pouring through the ceiling. In either case, it is highly probable that the building has been seriously damaged by a storm and emergency roof repair is needed. The first step for any owner is to contact an expert roofing company with experience in roof repair. Atlantic Roofing and Waterproofing can provide a quick and long-term solution, whether you need roof repair or replacement in a roofing emergency situation.

2. You Suspect your Roof is Damaged

If you suspect a roofing emergency but are not sure, you would be best to seek professional help.  This is the best way to get the right information as to the condition of your roof.  Always think twice before climbing to the top of your building. Climbing heights without experience can be dangerous.  Not only can you fall from the ladder but if the storm is still present, you could get knocked around by high winds.  Moreover, it is hard to conduct a meticulous roof inspection in the dark or amidst unfavorable weather conditions.

It is best to wait until the storm has stopped before embarking on your own personal roof inspection. However, do not waste too much time because the longer you wait, the more serious the damage can get.  You should look for, torn, bent, worn, and buckled shingles, missing shingles, and any other possible signs of damage.  If you are not able to identify the source but you are sure the roof is damaged, you need to contact a professional roof inspector. Their expertise and tools allow them to efficiently identify problems and damage.

3. Roof Leakage that is not an Emergency

At times the roof may have small problems like a slow drip or a roof leak. These can be handled through temporary repairs which will lower chances of increased damage.  In the meantime, you should seek professional help. A professional roofer can be consulted to finish the job making the temporary work more permanent. As for the roof problem, here are some solutions building owners can employ for temporary measures.

Control the water coming into the building by cleaning and sweeping away puddles that may have formed on the roof. When left unattended, pooling water can be destructive. Not only can they leave ugly visible stains on the ceiling, but they can damage the entire roof structure.

You should also try and identify the leak source. It can be quite difficult because the water may be coming from a location away from the spot where you notice it.  After you identify the leak source, the severity of the leak will determine whether it is possible to use a temporary fix. You can use tools like sealants, duct tapes, rubber sheets, and patches to stop the water leakage. Secure the tools first before you start to prevent them from slipping away. Start by cleaning the problem  area and then apply the patch material. Presence of dirt or any debris can cause the patch to not adhere properly thereby lowering its overall effectiveness.

For roofing emergencies that include cracked roofs, chimney eaves, damaged flashing around skylight and missing shingles it’s good to consult licensed roofing companies first. Roof damage can be disastrous if not properly dealt with and heavy rains could leave you with a flooded building. This can destroy any and all equipment, especially those that need to be kept dry. Be sure to inspect your roof after a hurricane so you can address any visible damage right away.  If you know there was damage but cannot find it, then you call a roofing expert.