This last weekend, there were heavy rain and windstorms in our area. As in all such storms, a few people had roof damage. This was not a giant problem, most leaks were small, and it was easy to get supplies and people to fix the leaks.
What about after a major disaster or shortage of supplies? Do you have a first aid kit for your roof? To keep a few repair supplies on hand is not a major expense. The following is a simple list of supplies that would let you fix roof leaks and minor damage to your roof.
- A sturdy tarp for temporary repairs.
- A roll of heavy plastic for temporary repairs.
- A roll of synthetic roof underlayment similar to Surround by TYPR or Tyvek for more permanent repairs.
- A bundle of roof shingles for permanent repairs. These need to be kept in a cool place. If they are not they will stick together after a couple of years and be useless. Check them periodical.
- A vinyl based roof sealer such as Gardner® Wet-R-Dri® 037-GA, All Weather Plastic Roof Cement or a similar product.
- A good roof repair chalking, that is rain ready and a chalking gun.
- Roofing nails
- A bundle of lath for nailing down the underlayment or plastic to keep the wind from tearing it up if needed.
- The necessary tools, including a good hammer, a box cutter for the underlayment and a ladder to get on the roof.
Even if you suffer the loss of many shingles this should let you repair a good portion of your roof and create a dry area. Remember the first and best preventative to keep you from having to use these supplies is to always keep your roof well maintained.