Roofing repairs? Bring it on

The winter will soon be here, which means the UK will once again experience heavy downpours, and call-outs for roof repairs will increase. Although fixing a roof isn’t the most pleasant job, if you have the right products, you can get the job done as quickly as possible, whilst achieving a long-lasting result for your customer.

In fact, for roofing repairs, it pays to understand the most suitable product for the project at hand. Acrylic resins are great to fill and bridge small gaps and holes, as they can be applied directly to damp surfaces, flex with the natural movement of the roof and protect against UV damage. Look for products with a high-solids formulation and for a solution for all weathers, such as Thompson’s Emergency Roof Seal.

Thompson’s Emergency Roof Seal provides an instant repair, so you can quickly and easily fix a leaking roof and immediately stop water from getting into the structure and causing lasting damage. One of the key benefits of Thompson’s Emergency Roof Seal is its ability to be applied even when it is raining. Its formula makes it highly water-repellent, which means that no water can get into the product and disrupt the curing process. To apply the product, simply remove any dust, dirt or debris with a stiff bristle brush, then apply a thick layer over the problem area. It gets to work immediately and can dry within 24 hours for an incredibly quick fix.

For a temporary fix of deep cracks in leaking roofs, Thompson’s Emergency Roof Repair Mastic really comes into its own. A bituminous, mastic-based compound, it has a high-solids content and contains specially selected ingredients that repel water – meaning it can fill and bridge gaps and leave a watertight repair, even in heavy rain or under ponding water. A trowel or pallet knife is needed to work the mastic – and for larger cracks and voids use a scrim bandage to reinforce the repair.

In addition, leaking gutters and downpipes can also be quickly repaired using Thompson’s Emergency Instant Repair Aerosol, which is ideal for hard-to-reach areas. It can be applied to damp surfaces and is effective immediately. A scrim bandage is also included for deeper cracks and repairs.

Of course, ‘emergency’ repair products are for just that – and should only be seen as a temporary measure – more permanent repairs should be completed within a month of initial application. For flat roofs, Thompson’s 10-Year Roof Seal is ideal. It outperforms standard bitumen paint, flexing with the natural movement of the roof and resists UV rays, for a long-lasting finish. The fast-acting formula is rainproof in just six hours. Plus, Thompson’s Roof & Gutter Sealant can be used for roofing felt, pipes and guttering to repair cracks, rips, joints and general leaks. Again, outperforming bitumen based sealants for a tough and durable repair.

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