How Do I Temporarily Fix My Roof?

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Roof repairs can be frustrating to deal with, especially when nature’s fury causes widespread destruction in an area. So while you try to schedule an appointment with your roofer, you should take some preventative measures.


“How do I temporarily fix my roof?” We hear you and have put this guide together to help.


Inspect the Damage


To understand whether you can do a temporary repair till your roofing contractor comes by you need to know the nature of the damages. For example, while you can fill in small cracks or holes that create leaks, however, dealing with something like a whole section of missing roofing shingles might not be possible or safe.


However, you can do a temporary fix if you have a small and traceable leak. Here’s how:


  • Find the leak’s location.
  • Cover it up with a tarp that projects 4 feet wider in all directions around the leak.
  • Secure the tarp down with some heavy objects, sandbags or bricks.
  • Check if your roof is still leaking.


While this may be a good fix for a few hours, we do not recommend doing this for a prolonged time.


How Does it Work?


The tarp provides a waterproof coating that prevents further water from entering into the roof’s layers. However, this is far from being a long-term solution because any moisture, debris, or pests can enter and damage your home.

Roofing Fact: 86% of roof leaks are caused by improper installation. And the average roofing contractor goes out of business in less than 3 years!

How Do I Temporarily Fix My Roof if It’s Still Leaking?


Putting a tarp on the roof won’t make it waterproof. First of all, if you detected the leak during a storm, water might have soaked into the other layers of the roof and might continue to drip down for a while.


Another thing to note is that if water has pooled on your roof, adding a layer of plastic or  tarps may not help much because pooled water will continue to seep below the tarp and make its way to the leak.


Always try to drain your roof before you attempt to put a tarp on it. After installing a tarp, make sure that you pin it down with weights to ensure that it doesn’t get washed or blown away.


Also Read: What To Do If Your Roof Is Leaking?

Use Silicon


Silicon is an excellent material for temporary fixes because it is waterproof and easily available. Simply take some silicon and apply it where the roof leak is. Be sure to fill the gap in enough that it prevents water from flowing in.


However, silicon needs to be applied to a dry surface to hold its place, so you must dry the area you need to patch before applying it.

Loose Shingles


If you cannot diagnose the leak’s cause, you might have to take a look at your roof. There is a high possibility that your shingles might have been blown off or misaligned during strong winds and storms.


Look for any loose roof shingles and shift them back into place before you secure them with nails. Then, cover the nails with cement or silicone to prevent them from rusting and causing further damage to the roof.

Do remember that this is not a permanent fix and you should only do this on an emergency basis. Prolonged use of these repairs could cause greater damage to your roof.


Avoid DIY Repairs


“How do I temporarily fix my roof, and when should I do it?”


If there’s one thing that we will strongly emphasize, it is that you should never conduct DIY repairs unless absolutely necessary. Generally, you can call in a roofing contractor to diagnose and fix your roof; however, there might be those rare occasions when they are not available.


The only situation when you should try to temporarily fix your roof is when you cannot get an immediate appointment with a professional roofing contractor. Wear proper safety gear and use the appropriate tools to ensure that you are safe and won’t get hurt getting on your roof.


After conducting a temporary repair, always call your roofer to have them take a look. Even if your fix seems to hold up well, it is possible that you have merely concealed the damage, and it might be wreaking havoc in the roof’s structure.


Also Read: How Long Do Roof Repairs Last And What Do They Cost?

Signs that You Need Roof Repairs


Roof repairs become extremely apparent in a few cases. We’ll go over them and how to diagnose them below:




One of the most common indicators that you need roof repairs is a leaky roof. Whether the leak looks like something from a sitcom where you need to bring a bucket to collect or a slow leak, you should immediately call in a professional roofing contractor.


If a roofer isn’t available, then cover the roof with a tarp for a temporary fix and save any belongings inside the house that might get damaged by the roof leak.




When you notice a greater influx of pests, you should inspect your roof. Pests can come in from windows, doors, and roofs leaking or roofs that are improperly installed. If you can’t find the source of the infestation, call over a professional roofer and an exterminator to help.




Commonly found in damp and warm areas, mold is terrible for your home’s structure as it traps moisture and causes the area to rot. Besides that, mold is terrible for your overall  health and causes strong reactions in some individuals.

If you see any signs of mold, call a professional roofing contractor immediately..

Did you know that 86% of roof leaks are caused by improper installation?

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RoofCrafters has over 28 years of roofing experience in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. With thousands of satisfied customers, you can be certain that we will do the job to your satisfaction, whether you need small roof repair service or complete roof replacement for your commercial or residential property. RoofCrafters is here to help guide you along the way.

We are professionals and we can guarantee  that we will do the job right. While you might save a buck conducting repairs on your own, the damage that you may cause to your roof’s integrity  may require you to get a full roof replacement sooner and drive up your long-term costs.


Our skilled estimators can help you decide which type of roof material and level of warranty is the best for your needs. You have nothing to lose when you choose to have our team come out because we will go over all the options available and allow you to decide what is right for you, so what are you waiting for? 

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