Emergency Roof Repairs: What You Should Know

Emergency roof repairs

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. If your roof gets damaged in small, unnoticeable ways, the rest of your house will eventually suffer damage as well. If your roof gets damaged in a big way, it can be frightening for a homeowner. Your home and everything inside is suddenly open to the elements – and quite often, there is already a storm happening at the time.

Roof Damage Due to High Winds

A sudden and catastrophic roof leak can happen because of stormy weather. Winds at 50 mph or more can tear off shingles and damage your roof decking. Anytime this happens, water can easily get into your house.

High winds pose a greater risk for any trees on your property. Branches break and get blown around, and they can scrape or gouge holes in your roofing material during a storm. Or the trees themselves can be blown down on top of a roof, requiring a replacement and causing structural damage to the house itself.

Roof Damage Due to Fires

Fires can cause structural damage to a house and roof, often from underneath, making it difficult and dangerous for roofers to access the roof. In addition, animals like squirrels and raccoons can burrow into the rotten wood in your soffits, making holes for water to enter.

Emergency Roof Repairs

In the event of a storm, making sure everyone is safe is the first priority. Often, when you see leaking inside, the damage has already been done. It is not safe to try to put a tarp covering on your roof yourself at any time. Moreover, it isn’t even safe for a roofing company to send workers to do it during a storm.

A reputable company will wait until the storm system has passed and then do an emergency cover. The goal is to make sure everyone can stay safe and then to bring the roof back to a water-tight condition – or as near as possible – until permanent repairs can be made. In the event of a fire, the structure will need to be examined to make sure it’s safe.


Don’t go up on your roof yourself. After a storm or a fire is the worst time you could pick to do this. Document the damage to your roof by taking pictures from the ground and writing down what damage you see.

Do not try to fix it or cover the damage yourself. What you can do during a storm, if you notice leaking, is to access your attic and use buckets to catch any dripping water, and then clear away any wet insulation. Your ceiling can be saved from damage by doing this. If it’s already too late for your ceiling, it better to leave it for a professional than risk falling through and getting hurt.

The bottom line is that roofing companies know what they are doing and deal with these kinds of repairs all the time. The average homeowner doesn’t. Roofs and drywall don’t take long to get repaired, but broken bones do.

This is also the time to call your insurance company and your roofing contractor. Make sure you fill out your own claim and keeping tabs of insurance money yourself. Additionally, it is important to be aware of unscrupulous companies that prey on homeowners. For more, please read our article on how to avoid scammers.


Emergency roof repairs are no fun to deal with. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so get to safety during a storm. If you live in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call, and we’ll take it from there.

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