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I had water leaking into my house during heavy rainstorms. I was concerned about finding the time to meet with roofers, and worried about whether they would know what they were doing. I was very pleased when Steve came out right away and used his infrared camera to diagnose the source of the leak right away. He really seemed to know what he was doing. He got his guys out right away, and they repaired it. If you have a leak that needs to be fixed and you don't want to mess around, i would recommend roofer 911
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November 13, 2011
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How To Temporarily Cover A Roof

By: Steven Briesemeister

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temporary roof coverIf you’re in a situation where you need a quick fix, you may be wondering how to temporarily cover a roof.  If you have an un-finished roof, storm damage or a leak that has not yet been located, you will need to know how to temporarily cover a roof in a short amount of time.  If you have a leak, a temporary cover should be placed immediately.  Covering a roof will help to keep your house, and any belongings inside, dry until you are able to resume maintenance or repairs.  Because it’s never advisable to step directly on the roof, there are simple instructions on how to temporarily cover a roof without having to walk on it.  You can, in fact, use a ladder when covering your roof as outlined below.  This will protect you from a serious fall or other mishap.

 

 

How To Temporarily Cover A Roof’ Material List:

  • Tarp or Plastic
  • Weather Tolerant Rope
  • Stakes
  • Ladder
  • Work Gloves


    Step by Step Procedures on How Temporarily Cover A Roof

*  Each of the materials should be readily accessible at a local department store, home improvement or building supply store.

The first step to covering a roof is to measure the distance from your roof to the ground.  Now, take that number and multiply it by two.  The next thing that you will need is weather tolerant rope, which has little or no give.  If available, select a rope that will withstand various weather and is strong for securing your roof cover.  If the distance from the roof to the ground is 20ft., then you would need to use 40ft. of rope for each corner of your home.  The most popular item used to cover a roof is a tarp.  These are very inexpensive and can be found in the home improvement section at almost any department store. 

*  The next step will be to secure stakes into the ground and make sure that, when you are pushing them into the dirt, you leave enough room above ground to secure the rope.  Double the rope and tie it through each hole in the corner of the tarp.  Next, bring the rope down and secure it to one of the corner stakes.  Repeat this process until the tarp is secured at each corner of the house.

*  If you have pavement, but no dirt to drive the stakes into, use large utility blocks or cinderblocks to secure your rope to the ground if you cannot use stakes.  Whatever material you choose, it should be heavy and not easily moved by wind or other inclement weather.  If you are unable to find a tarp, you may use plastic to temporarily cover a roof.

*  Keep in mind that, now that you know how to temporarily cover a roof, this is not a permanent solution.  As soon as it’s possible to begin work again, do so without delay.  If you are unable to complete the work yourself, call a roofing contractor for a professional evaluation.  In the meantime, it will be safe now that you know how to temporarily cover a roof.

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I had a leak this past week after some rain and snow. The source of the leak wasn't easily identifiable to me. I had concern about long term damage, and wanted to get it addressed quickly. I called Roofer911 on Friday afternoon; I looked at many different websites of roofers in the N. VA area, but I was interested in Roofer911 Infrared diagnostics...where was the water coming from, exactly; how could it be determined; and how confident can you be? Steve (one of the owners) came out himself on Saturday morning to meet with me and my wife. It was immediately evident to me he knew what he was talking about. I had done extensive reading, and Steve confirmed much of what multiple expert/authors had suggested. After looking at the roof, I mentioned to Steve that we had recently had an addition added 14 months ago, including a new roof on the entire house (even the "old" part of the house.) Steve said the roof should still be under warrantee, and I realized he was right immediately...I hadn't even thought of it at the time. Regardless, Steve still spent another 20 minutes with me, explaining where he thought the water might be coming in, using Infrared to show me where the ceiling was damp, looking outside the house at the shingles, and describing how the repair should be completed. Remember...this was all AFTER he told me it should be under warrantee, so he knew another contractor would ultimately do this repair. I felt bad...he drove about a half hour to my home early on a Saturday morning. His attitude never changed, from the time he walked in until the moment he left...upbeat, friendly, knowledgeable, and HELPFUL. I have owned 5 homes in 3 states over the past 20 years, and have dealt with MANY contractors. Steve and Roofer911 would be at the top of my list...trustworthy and reliable, two of the most important characteristics when selecting someone to do work for you.
Shawn Henrybusiness
Arlington, VA
April 6, 2013
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