Temp repair of leaky roof

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Old 07-22-12, 06:24 AM
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Temp repair of leaky roof

Hi,

A recent violent storm brought down a tree that glanced off our roof, smashing the gutter and ripping off perhaps a 1x3' portion of our shingles, leaving the plywood exposed. This happened when we were on vacation, we came back to a leak that did some damage, though not terrible. A lot of roofs were damaged way more than ours and our roofing company can make any repairs (or replace the roof) for a week or so.

So the question - what is the best way to prevent water coming in hin the future? I have a 6x6' tarp that I can use, I'm not too keen on using our huge one for such a small area. If I use the smaller tarp, what would be the best way to attach it to minimize further damage? The exposed area is right at the roof's edge if that helps.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Bob
 
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Old 07-22-12, 11:24 AM
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Get some roofing felt cap nails (the ones with the orange plastic washer thingys), lift up on the shingles directly above the damage and insert the tarp under there to start a shedding effect on the water running down. Tack down the remainder of the tarp with the cap nails. It should hold until the roofers can get to it.
 
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Old 07-23-12, 02:05 AM
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And don't forget to keep your homeowner's insurance agent in the loop.
 
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Old 07-23-12, 03:20 AM
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Exactly. Take pictures of before and after your attempt to stop the water leak. It is called subrogation of loss, and you are required by your policy to do it. Pictures will provide the proof.
 
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Thanks guys - great advice all!
 
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A quick follow up - all went well, patched and the insurance company sent me a nice check for a replacement!
 
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Old 08-06-12, 01:25 PM
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Super cool. Usually on roofs they don't balk because that is their first source of protecting the rest of your house. Glad it worked out well.
 
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