The rainy season is just around the corner, and with rain comes emergency roof leak repairs. Older roofs are more susceptible to leaks, but drought can make it more difficult to notice these problems. When it’s raining and the roof is leaking, many homeowners wonder what to do to lessen the damage. In this guide, owners can learn whether it’s possible to re-roof a home while it’s raining, and they can also learn what to do to keep the damage from getting worse.
Why It’s Not Good to Re-Roof in the Rain
Re-roofing in the rain is not advisable for a variety of safety and practical reasons, such as:
- Putting the home at additional risk for moisture damage
- Putting contractors in danger on a wet, slippery roof
- Ruining the new roof’s integrity
Roofing during a rainstorm makes everyone wet and uncomfortable, and it exposes workers to additional risk. Additionally, it can cause moisture to get trapped in between the roof liner and the shingles, which is far from ideal.
What Homeowners Should Do
If the homeowner schedules a re-roof on a wet day, they should talk to the roofing company to reschedule the job. If the rain risk is too high, the contractor will cover the roof with a tarp to keep things dry and safe, and they’ll return when the weather improves. If the roof is already wet, it’s important to wait until it’s completely dry to start or continue work. In emergencies, homeowners should take steps to prevent water damage while they wait for the weather to get better and for the roofer to arrive.
Precautions to Take
If the roof decking is wrinkled, warped or wet, re-roofing is not recommended. Not only does it violate local building codes, the roof simply won’t last if it is installed on top of a wet bottom layer. The roof should be fully dry before re-roofing takes place. Wood expands when it absorbs water, and if shingles are installed on a wet roof, they won’t adhere well after the water evaporates.
When a roof leak or other emergency strikes, it is important to hire a licensed roofer. Licensed, insured local contractors will not try to re-roof a home during a storm, and they will take steps to ensure that the new roof is installed in accordance with building codes.