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If you're seeing problems with your shingle roof, it's important that you act right away to fix them. However, you can't always get a roofing contractor to your house right away. That's why it's important that every homeowner understand how to address roofing problems with temporary solutions. Here's a look at a few common problems that you may encounter and some tips to help you deal with them until help arrives.
Shingles curl for many reasons, including sun exposure and other environmental issues. When they curl, they can leave your roof exposed to leaks and other damage. Use a caulking gun to adhere the sides of the shingle in place, then place a brick or something similar over the top to hold it flat. Leave the weight on it for 24 hours to ensure that the caulk has set. Since cold temperatures can make shingles brittle, it's best that you do this on a warm day or after the sun has been shining on the roof for some time, warming the shingles.
Shingles can crack naturally due to age or may crack due to cold temperatures and other weather threats. If you have any cracked shingles on your roof, you will definitely want to replace them. In the meantime, you can fix the problem temporarily by applying a layer of bitumen sealer under the shingle or over the top to seal the crack. Just make sure that you coat it evenly and completely to keep moisture from reaching the underlayment.
When the shingles deteriorate to the point that they are nearly nonexistent or you're seeing some fall off, that means it's time to replace the roof because it's beyond its useful life. However, in the meantime, you'll want to cover the areas of the missing shingles. Use patches of waterproof, heavy tarp material to cover the spaces where the shingles are worn out or gone.
This protects the roof from the elements even if you don't have spare shingles to put in place to cover the hole. If you do have spare shingles, you can always just replace the problematic ones as needed. However, you'll still want to plan for a complete roof replacement as soon as possible.
Now that you understand how to quickly address some common shingle issues, you'll be able to protect your roof until your local roofing contractor arrives. Ask your roofer about any other helpful tips to protect your home today.