Country Lore: Roofing Kit

This reader put together a roofing kit, so he's prepared for when shingles take to the wind.

| August/September 2005

I live in the storm-prone Ozark Mountains, where it’s not uncommon to have a few roof shingles torn loose by the wind. Because roof damage and leaks tend to happen at inopportune times, it’s worthwhile for a homeowner to be prepared.

I keep a roof-patching kit in a sealable plastic container with the following items: multiple tubes of wet/dry roofing-repair caulk and a caulking gun, a narrow putty knife, a utility knife, a hammer, shears for cutting shingles, a compact pry bar and a box of roofing nails. In addition to the kit, an extension ladder is indispensable for roof work. It isn’t a bad idea to keep some matching replacement shingles on hand, either.

When you consider the difficulties that come from a wet, ruined ceiling, this preparation isn’t much trouble.

Dennis Divine
Joplin, Missouri

4/1/2014 5:34:33 AM

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for stormy weather, especially if you live in an area prone to certain types of weather. is also known to be fairly windy as well. Have you thought about a metal roof? Before you think harbor images of bent or retracted metal, know that metal roofing is rated for high winds, has the longest service life, has the lowest overall costs, and would eliminate your need to replace shingles every time the wind blows a little.

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