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Littleton Roofing: Article About Temporary Roof Patches

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No one likes to come home to the surprise of seeing a tree limb that has fallen onto their roof. It is even worse if the limb has punched one or more holes in the rooftop. If you don't mind getting onto the roof and it is safe to do so, there are some things you can do to temporarily patch things up until a Littleton roofing contractor can get there to make the permanent repairs.

While placing a tarp over the section of the roof that has the damage is among the most commonly used methods of controlling leaks, there are some fairly simple ways of actually patching the holes. Fortunately, these techniques involve the use of materials you may already have on hand or can easily get at the nearest home improvement store.

One way to patch a hole is to use a sheet of flashing material and some flashing cement. For starters, you can take a pair of tin snips and cut a piece of the flashing material so it is a few inches larger than the hole. Next, put a bead of adhesive on what will become the bottom surface of the patch and press it over the hole. It may be necessary to pry the shingles up in order to slide the patch under them for a tight fit.

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After the patch is in place, put another bead of adhesive around the edges of the patch so that all four edges are covered. After that, a putty knife can be used to flatten the adhesive beads so that a seal is formed around the patch. If more than one hole is present, simply repeat the process.

A wet patch is an excellent way to stop a leak in certain situations as well. The composition of the material is such that it can be applied to wet or dry surfaces. If the leak is coming from places where the roof joins another surface, like a chimney or roof vent, a wet patch is an excellent way to create a seal. It can also be used to patch a hole. If used for this purpose, it is best to use it in conjunction with some nylon reinforced tape. The tape can be placed across the hole as a means of support for the wet patch material, which is then used to make a waterproof seal. Even though these patches can be applied to wet or dry surfaces, it is important to keep in mind that it is hazardous to climb onto a wet roof.

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