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Doing a complete roof replacement or installation project can take a while, especially for roofs with complex designs, specialty features, steep slopes or tiled exteriors. During the course of the work, weather conditions could change from favorable to unfavorable over the course of just a few hours. When a weather emergency arises, experienced Dallas roofing experts have several ways to protect the house from wind and water intrusion until the work can be resumed.

A typical roof takes about two days to install, including the tear-off, replacement of any rotted sheathing and placement of the roofing felt, shingles, tiles and metal flashing strips. However, weather delays can extend the installation period and put the home's structural integrity at risk, especially if severe weather like gusty winds and heavy rain are expected.

When a roofing project must be unexpectedly stopped due to impending weather problems, the first action that roofers often take is covering up the wooden sheathing with plastic tarps. A tarp is made of thick plastic and has rivets so that it can be tied down and anchored with scrap lumber nailed into the rafters. Doing this can protect a roof from winds in excess of 25 miles per hour. The tarps cover a large surface area and can be used to cover an entire rooftop within an hour or two.

The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding emergency repairs or roof maintenance.

Another technique that roofers may use to protect a roof that is under construction is securing the tar paper to the sheathing. So long as the workers have enough time to affix the tar paper or roofing felt onto the roof's wooden decking, they can use hammer tackers and some scrap vinyl squares to add strength to the bond between the paper and plywood boards covering the roof's framing. The tar paper is already waterproof, so moisture will not be able to penetrate through it. After the rains and wind gusts have passed, the roofers can continue on with attaching the shingles without any need to remove the scrap squares of vinyl or the staples.

If most of the roof's shingles have already been installed, but the flashing, fascia or soffit boards have not yet been attached to the roof, tarps can be used to cover these areas as well. However, these portions of the roof can usually be permanently attached within just a couple of hours of work by a full sized crew. Because attaching tarps over the roof's edge and around its overhang can be challenging, most roofers will finish the roof whenever possible.

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