Temporary Emergency Shed Repair for Stormy Situations

Any stormy weather, up to and including tornadoes and hurricanes, can damage your garden or storage shed. These repairs are even more important if your storm shed has sustained damage. Here are some ideas to do a quick emergency shed repair of the roof, windows or walls immediately after, or even during a storm.  

Tools and Materials To Keep on Hand:

  • Large waterproof tarpaulin
  • Plastic sheeting, as used by painters
  • Duct tape
  • Large 2 by 4 planks, concrete blocks, bricks or sandbags to hold the material in place temporarily
  • Plywood sheets, at least 6 by 6 feet
  • Hammer and 3-inch nails
  • Industrial stapler and boxes of staples
  • Safety harness for roof workers, or improvise a rope harness for your hips and legs
  • 6-foot step ladder

Step 1: Clear the Space Closest to the Damaged Area

Move any items out of the way immediately below a damaged roof or wall section. Get to the damaged area fast, assess the damage and how you can fix it.

Step 2: For a Small Hole

Cover a small hole, such as a blown-out window, with a plastic sheet or tarpaulin immediately. Fix it in place first with industrial staples. On both the inside and outside cover the window with plywood sheets, nailing them firmly in place to studs.

Step 3: For a Large Hole in the Roof

If your shed roof is less than 8 feet high, grab your largest tarpaulin and, with another person's help, throw it over the hole and as much more of the roof as it will cover. Tie it down to concrete blocks so they rest on the ground.  For a shed roof higher than 8 feet, climb up to the roof from the inside.

Tie yourself off securely to the inside of the shed with an approved safety harness or improvise one from nylon rope, by making a figure 8 around your hips and the tops of your thighs. Lay out the tarpaulin, plastic sheeting or even trash bags joined together with duct tape, and staple it down. Slip it under the topmost shingles if your shed has a shingle roof. Leave a section in the lee of the wind loose for the moment, so you can get back inside the shed. Set up your stepladder and climb up to secure that portion from indoors as best you can.

Step 4: If a Side Wall of the Shed Has Collapsed

Figure out if the collapse is due to a severe air pressure drop, common with metal sheds, or if an object outside has struck the wall. If the latter, move it and brace the wall up with angled 2 by 4 planks. If it's an air pressure collapse, reconnect the roof and the wall as quickly as possible, and brace the wall inside with 2 by 4 planks.

Make permanent repairs to your shed at the earliest opportunity, with suitable materials.