Storm Damage Repair: Fixing a Damaged Roof

What You'll Need
Sheet metal or flashing
Tin snips
Tape measure
Roofing nails
Silicone caulk
Caulking gun
Hammer or nail gun
Plastic sheet

Storm damage repair is sort of like conducting triage in an emergency room. Storm damage repair can be done to windows, porches and even the roof of the home. Storm damage repair on a roof is a project that needs to be done quickly before the rest of the roof becomes weak. You also do not want water and debris entering the rest of the home, causing much more damage. Conducting storm damage repair on the roof is not meant to be a complete fix but it is meant to patch the roof until a professional can properly repair it. Many of the materials you may have on hand already while others are easily purchased from a hardware store. It is a good idea to have these items around just in case you need to conduct storm damage repair on a roof. The article that follows will show you how to repair a roof that has been damaged by a storm.

Step 1 – Locate and Prepare the Hole

In order to conduct storm damage repair you must wait for the storm to slow down or subside and you also need to locate the problem areas. Place the ladder aside of the house and carefully climb up it. Get your footing and look around for the damage. Remove any debris that is still around the area to be repaired. Once the site is cleared you can then use the tape measure to measure the size of the area to be repaired. In order to do storm damage repair you will want to measure the site as though it were a square or a rectangle.

Step 2 – Trim the Materials

Once you have the measurements recorded, you can begin to trim and cut the materials necessary to do your storm damage repair work. Use the measurements and transfer them to the sheet metal, the plywood and the plastic. When you transfer the measurements, you should do so with an extra 6 inches added around the perimeter. This will give you a large enough area to patch the damage. Cut the plywood using the jigsaw and use the tin snips to cut the sheet metal. The plastic sheeting can be cut using a pair of ordinary scissors.

Step 3 – Storm Damage Repair

The hole in the roof needs to be patched so that it will be protected from the elements until a professional can do it properly. This is done in several layers as you also want to make sure that it is insulated so you do not lose too much energy. Begin with the piece of sheet metal by placing it over the hole and making sure it is centered. Affix it to the roof using the tacks. Place the plastic sheet over the steel followed by the plywood. Use the nail gun or hammer to affix it to the roof. Apply silicone caulk around the plywood.