Can a Roof Be Done in One Day?

A Roofer Puts in Shingles.

How many days does it take to put on a new roof?

If after a storm you’ve discovered a gaping hole in your roof, it’s obvious you’ll need emergency roofing—fast. But, depending on the situation, getting a new roof installed can take time. In an emergency situation, you might be able to get a new roof put on in a day. How quickly a roof goes up often depends on the size and slope of the roof, and whether any complications arise. Complications could include problems in the roof’s design or issues like weather delays. Typically, a full roof replacement takes about two days, but may take three or longer, depending on the circumstances. If your roof has been damaged by a storm or some other event and you need reliable emergency roofing in Asheville, NC, you’ll receive a prompt response from the professionals at Quantum Roofing. We can be reached 24/7 in emergencies, so call us at 828-808-5955.

Roofing emergency action plan

Because your roof is one of the most vulnerable spots on your home or building, it’s the most likely part of the property that will get damaged in an emergency. Whether you’re a homeowner or commercial building manager, having a plan in place in case of emergency roof damage is always a good idea.

While we can’t prevent emergencies, we can take measures to ensure our roofs are better protected in an emergency situation. Being proactive and having a regular maintenance plan in place can often prevent your roof from suffering serious damage. Inspections and maintenance can help you identify weak spots in your roof and make any necessary repairs to areas that could be otherwise left vulnerable to damage. You especially want to look out for leaks. Leaks can damage your roof’s structural support and also lead to moisture build-up that causes mold and mildew growth.

For temporary repairs and protection, homeowners should keep a tarp handy that can be placed over the damaged roof to protect it until roofing professionals arrive to make permanent repairs. Commercial building managers should set up a budget for emergency repairs. Everyone should also review insurance policies and be aware of deductibles and what’s covered under the policies.  

Is a leaking roof an emergency?

If you’ve discovered a roof leak, no matter the size, you often have an emergency roofing situation on your hands. Clearly if during a storm rain has leaked from the roof to the ceiling and has burst through the ceiling, you’ll need help from professionals quickly. But, even a small leak can cause big trouble and shouldn’t be left unchecked for too long. Along with serious water damage, leaks can lead to problems like mold and mildew growth if they aren’t taken care of.  

How do I temporarily fix my roof?

When your roof has been damaged in an emergency, you may need to make quick temporary repairs to preserve the roof from further damage until you can get a roofer out to make permanent repairs.

A quick solution is putting a tarp over the damaged area. To tarp your roof:

  • Cover the entire affected area with the tarp, pulling it tightly and smoothing it out.
  • Either place 2-by-4 boards over the edges or nail the edges down.
  • Use roofing cement to cover the nails.

Other quick repairs include:

  • Use a heat gun to soften the edges of curling shingles and glue them down with roofing cement.
  • Nail loose shingles down after sliding them back under the bottom edges of the rows above them.
  • Use roofing cement on cracked joints and edges of flashing.

How do I stop my roof from leaking in heavy rain?

When it’s raining heavily and your roof has developed a leak you may need to make a temporary emergency roofing repair to prevent the leak from causing more damage. You can do this by making a temporary patch using roofing tar and part of a shingle or piece of plywood. On the underside of the roof deck, use a trowel or putty knife to spread the tar into the leak. Take the shingle or piece of plywood and push it into the tar. More tar is then spread around the edges of the patch. Once the rain has subsided you can go up on the roof to further shore up the repair by spreading roofing tar on the underside of the shingles near the leak. For safety, make sure you wear rubber-soled shoes when working on the roof.

Storm-Damaged Shingles

Emergency roofing near me

When you need emergency roofing services in Asheville, NC, you can always expect a prompt response from the professionals at Quantum Roofing. We can respond to emergency calls around the clock and offer a full range of roofing repairs for all varieties of roofs. You can learn more about us or get immediate help by calling 828-808-5955.