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What Happens if it Rains During Roof Repairs?


Doing a roof repair in the rain isn't always ideal nor is it safe. The best choice is to perform a roof repair when there is no rain. To learn more about what happens when roof repairs are done in rainy weather, check out the presentation. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: What Happens if it Rains During Roof Repairs?

What Happens if it Rains During Roof Repairs?
  • As roofers, we dont work during the rain except
    when doing emergency repairs (because when water
    is coming in during a rainstorm, you want the
    leaking to stop yesterday). Perfect roofing
    weather is between 15-20 degrees with no chance
    of rain. If it does rain, moisture can get
    between plies on a flat roof or between
    the felt and the shingles and shorten your roofs

We Always Keep an Eye on the Weather
  • To ensure that we dont get caught in the rain,
    we keep a very close watch on the weather. If it
    looks like theres going to be rain, we contact
    our clients to let them know that its possible
    we might have to postpone. But if its overcast
    with a low chance of rain, were good to go.

Heres What we do With Flat Roofs if its
Threatening Rain,
  • When we replace a flat roof, first we have to
    rip off the old one. We take spades and basically
    dig up the roof. The old roofing material is
    removed and put into the waste bin. Rarely we
    will scrape the roof down and use an asphalt
    primer to revitalize the roof. Then we put a new
    membrane overtop.

  • During all this, we need good weather. You never
    want to rip up a roof in the rain. If weather
    looks threatening, we work in sections. Right
    after we clear away the old roofing material, we
    make sure to get the first ply (or base membrane)
    down for that section. We use roofing sealant
    around all the edges and details, like chimneys,
    vents, skylights, and fans.

  • If water got into a tar and gravel roof when
    were installing it, it can blister and crack. We
    wont install it unless the conditions are right
    for it. If that means a delay, so be it. We wont
    sacrifice the integrity of your roof just to get
    the job done.

Heres What We do if Were Shingling a House in
Rainy Conditions
  • The first step when were shingling a house is
    tear off the old shingles and underlay, which we
    wont do if we know its going to rain. Normally
    we will take off all the shingles on a house in
    one day. With bigger houses, we work in sections
    to minimise the chances of being caught in the

  • Once the shingles are off, we prep the roof and
    install a synthetic underlay. This synthetic
    underlay is waterproof and provides a degree of
    protection. Its not indestructible and could
    potentially rip off if its super windy, but
    under normal circumstances, its great for
    keeping out any sudden small showers. Once the
    underlay is on, the next step is to nail down the
    shingles to completely seal the roof during any
    weather conditions.

  • If it starts raining and the underlay is on, we
    can just wait out the rain and then keep working.
    We know that the second we pack up to go, the
    rain will stop (thats Edmonton weather for

Heres What Happens if Were Doing Roof Repairs
in the Rain
  • We get calls all the time during rainstorms for
    emergency repairs. If your roof is leaking,
    youll want it to stop as soon as possible. For
    smaller patches of roofs that need repairs, we
    use a roof sealant, which is a kind of plastic
    cement. It keeps out water and can be used during
    the rain, however this product isnt meant to
    last a long time and shouldnt be used for a full
    roof repair.

  • If its a long-term or permanent repair, and not
    just an emergency water damage prevention thing
    during a rainstorm, the weather should be clear.
  • Click here to read about a roof leak repair we
    did for a flat roofed home in Sherwood Park.

What We Do in the Worst Case Scenario
  • We try hard to not let the weather get the best
    of us, but it helps to be prepared! In the case
    that a rain shower does start suddenly, we carry
    tarps to keep everything dry while we work.

So Enjoy the Rain and Know that Weve Got you
  • So dont worry about the threat of rain if
    youre getting work done on your roof. We keep an
    eye on the weather and we are prepared for rain
    if it does come down suddenly. If its
    re-roofing, roof repairs, emergency roofing , or
    eavestrough installation or maintenance, we have
    you covered.
  • Give us a call at (780) 466-1601, or visit
    our contact page to get in touch with us for any
    of your roofing needs.
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