Emergency vs Permanent Repairs

Temporary Roof Repairs

Is it an emergency or can it wait. The choice is obvious.

Leaking ceiling

Time = Damage

A tenant with stains on the ceiling or water dripping into their unit are situations that don’t require much thought: get it fixed now. You know if you leave it the damage is going to get more and more expensive and the tenant is going to get very impatient very fast.

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The fact is – the longer you leave a leak, even a slow leak, the more damage it will do.

Temporary Repairs are Not a Fix

When we arrive the first thing we do is a leak investigation. If the source is the roof we’ll do a temporary repair. If we can, we will do a permanent repair, but usually the repair is just a temporary fix to stop the leak.

Temporary repairs are usually done with sealants. The sealant used depends on the type of roof being repaired and they type of repair being done.

Caulking

Caulking

SBS Mastic

SBS Mastic

Water cut-off mastic

Water cut-off mastic

Peel-and-stick waterproofing membrane

Peel-and-stick waterproofing membrane

Peel-and-stick pressure sensitive tape

Peel-and-stick pressure sensitive tape

Tarp

Tarp

Permanent repairs are a must

It’s important to understand there really is no guarantee of how long a temporary repair will last. It’s there to stop more damage from occurring. Rain and wind will eventually weather it down. Temporary repairs are usually done with sealants that will fill the hole or patch the tear quickly and sometimes, while it’s raining.

When a permanent repair is done, the affected area is actually redone or replaced. For example:

Vent in poor condition causing leak

Vent in poor condition causing leak

Caulked to repair temporarily

Caulked to repair temporarily

Replaced as a permanent repair

Replaced as a permanent repair

design-roofing-logoLaura Caldwell
Design Roofing

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