Should I repair my roof in the rain?


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Old 01-02-08, 10:03 AM
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Should I repair my roof in the rain?

We had a big wind storm yesterday with winds around 40mph and gusts up to 60mph. This blew off all the shingles on the side of my roof facing the wind. This went on until midnight. This morning it is raining and the weather predicts rain for the next two weeks non-stop (which is common around here).

The shingles are gone but the tar paper remains. I tried to put a tarp over it this morning but the wind just kept blowing it out of our hands and on to the other side of the roof.

The question is:
Should I attempt to re-shingle my roof in the rain? Or will it be ok for two or more weeks in the rain with just the tar paper? Should I try harder to get the tarp over it? I'm worried about safety with the tarp. The wind is not bad but the tarp acts like a sail and just about pulled me off the roof. With the shingles, I'm worried about mold and mildew. It is varying between 32 and 40 degrees F these days with the chance of snow next week.

I know how to fix the roof but I've never had to work in these conditions. Typically it has been dry when working on a roof.

Any suggestions?
 
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Old 01-02-08, 10:18 AM
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I would not worry about mold and mildew in this weather. Get the shingles repaired. 2 weeks of rain or even worse snow will cause a leak. I would use a tar that can be used in wet or dry weather to seal the shingles. Does not sound like you will be getting enough sun to seal the shingles. The tar comes in caulking like tubes. Put it where the spots of tar are on the shingles now.
Be careful!! Wet roofs are slick and cool weather will make the shingles stiff. I think the tarp would only cause more problems.
If you do not feel safe doing this then hire the patch job done. It will be cheaper than new plywood, roofing and ceiling work inside if you do develop a leak.
 
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Old 01-02-08, 07:03 PM
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I agree. If there's a break in the weather, get it shingled ASAP before tarpaper starts to rip off and you have a bigger problem on your hands. Adding several dots of tar to help them stick is a good idea in cold weather.
 
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Old 01-03-08, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for the help

I searched many places on the web, posted here and called a few people I know. They all agree with you. So I started on the roof yesterday and should have it finished first thing this morning. Thanks to both replies. They were very helpful.
 
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Old 01-04-08, 07:38 AM
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You are welcome. Glad we could help. The best part was helping without getting wet!
 
 

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