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Old 08-01-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hole in roof: repair or replace?

A storm just knocked a tree branch onto our 1007 in the driveway. It wasn't a big branch but it hit butt-end first, and punched a 1-inch crescent-shaped tear through the metal skin of the roof. Is that kind of thing repairable, I mean with a truly waterproof patch? Or am I better off making an insurance claim and replacing the roof?
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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I had a tree branch fall on my rubber roof several years ago which put a cut in it of about an inch or so. I repaired it using an Eternabond leak repair tape kit.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Rapidly--Buy a plumbing vent cap and add an additional roof vent,(2 holes same branch) I had to do both. Spent the rest of the insurance check on a camping trip. Larry
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It might depend on how old the roof is and your deductible. If it is in good shape and you dont want to lay out much cash - I think the eternabond might be a good way to go.

I havent done a repair like that - but I would think you would want to "cover" the hole before the eternabond. If I was doing it, I think I would take a small galvanized plate, add some butyl tape to the underside and then screw it in on all four sides. Then either cover it with eternabond or Dycor. That would seem to me not much different than adding a roof vent or other accessory. Maybe a little overkill, but it should hold until you need a new roof.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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Dealer recommends replacement via insurance and our insurer said no problem. Dealer guessed about $3500 but it'd no doubt be more as we have a power vent and roof speakers. However we have a $1000 deductible. And though you can't see it yet on the inside, I'm sure water got in through the tear during the storm and is now working its way through the various laminates under the outside skin. So any patch would only be a bandaid at best. Dang, a thousand bucks for a little tear!
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #6
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Patch it. I have a small hole the last owner patched on mine. I can see the indent on the inside but they filled the hole and I have yet to have any issues. I filled the hole a little more to make it flat.
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rapidly-- I used the vent cap & some silicone to do the small hole. On the larger hole (3" in dia) I cut a hole the size required for the new manual vent, checked for dampness, found none, (as the branch had pluged both holes while it was storming) installed the vent. Lucky for me the larger hole was in a spot where the vent hole could be cut. Larry ps didn't know about externabond in 1980.
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