Clear weather allows roofers to get roofing projects done quickly, be it a flat/low slope roofing installation or an asphalt shingle roof repair. However, there could be times when a quick but heavy downpour occurs while work is underway. What do they do when this happens? Do they have measures in place to protect the whole system and themselves from the threat of rain? Continue reading as we further discuss this matter.
Covering the Roof Surface
It is not uncommon in roof installations to have sections that are yet to be laid with shingles or any roofing material. At the first sign of rain or drizzle, professional roofers make sure to place a tarp or plastic covering over the exposed sections. This is especially important if the roof decking, which is made of wood, doesn’t have a layer of underlayment installed yet.
Once the rain subsides, the pros have to wait for the deck to be completely dry before they resume the asphalt shingle roof installation. This way, moisture doesn’t get trapped underneath the material. Avoiding potential shingle damage resulting from thermal movement is crucial to ensure the long-term performance of the whole system.
Implementing Safety Measures
Rain in the middle of a roofing project can become a safety concern for every roofer involved. After all, a slick roof can put them at risk of getting injured, not to mention expose your roof to further damage. Installing a roof under such conditions can cause it to fail early in its lifespan. In the event of a downpour, roofers make sure to exercise caution when covering the roof surface with tarp or plastic. They wear harnesses to minimize these safety risks.
Dealing With Emergency Roof Repair
If you need emergency roof repair, you’d want to work with a contractor that can stop leaks or prevent water damage while implementing safety measures. The team must be able to apply temporary fixes to protect your home until the weather allows for a complete roof repair. Steer clear of “storm chasers” who say shingle installations on wet surfaces are fine. Working with them means your roof will suffer more damage after doing the “job” through substandard materials and workmanship.
Hershey Exteriors, Inc specializes in installing, repairing and maintaining a wide range of roofing systems, including asphalt, metal, flat and cedar roofs. Call us today at (302) 569-9039, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.