I live in Baton Rouge, LA. I managed to survive Gustav with a tree falling on my roof. Actually, my landlord’s tree fell onto my roof, and he wished me good luck on fixing it. I have been trying to get enough money saved up to fix it, and have recently purchased those strips of tarp with the aluminum on the back. My boyfriend and I put them on the roof last weekend. We patched over places that we thought were bad, and put 2 strips on the places that we thought were the bad ones where the water was coming thru.
We had a really bad storm, and i have 14 leaks in my living room. I actually had to get up and dump the water out several times. My mom’s opinion is that we didn’t have enough really hot days for the tar to melt and the rain just came in the seams. Here are the suggestions that I have been given, I am not sure how good the suggestions are, and I would appreciate any opinion, as I am a total novice here and don’t know what I am doing.
1.) Mom’s suggestion is to get the roofing tar that is in a tube and put it on the sides of the seams that we installed before and it should melt into whatever crevies were not taken care of by the tar strips.
2.) I have a friend that told me to put the kind with the fiberglass in it on the roof.
3.) My boyfriend and his father have suggested to put tar on the roof (they are not sure what kind to buy)and put the blue tarp on top of the (wet)tar. Next month, they want us to put another layer of tar and another tarp, kind of like a lasagna. Then, keep layering it maybe twice a year.
Should I do all of these? some of these? What kind of tar stuff should I get? Is the lasagna suggestion a good one? How often should I tar the roof?
***my roof is totally flat, there is no pitch in the center like there is with some mobile homes.
thank you in advance for your time and attention, and bless you for your suggestions. I would like to get more information before I start, but I need to start ASAP.
I redid my roof. I put nylon screen over the places that looked the worst. Then I put white roof coat on top of everything, and a second coat- over the whole roof. Where I am, the roof coat costs about $52 per pail, and an entire 24 x 52 takes four pails. You just roll it on with cheap rollers. It did the trick for me. It will have to be recoated, one coat every three years. Cheapest way to repair a
roof if the structure is good.
I’m confused about your situation. Apparently you own the trailer and rent a space for it? Otherwise it would be your landlord responsibility to repair the roof.
My landlord, who i rent the space from refuses to help me with the roof. he said that he was not responsible and wished me luck… that makes it my problem. apparently it happened during a natural disaster, and it has been considered “an act of god” and is not covered by insurance.. a lot of people have been caught by that phrase lately.
Seems you have a cheap landlord it’s his property if he doesn’t fix it, and you do hod what it cost to fix it out of your rent. I would find another place to live.
In some states, the trailer site is rented, but the trailer itself is owned by the occupants. Before contacting the city, you need to find your copy of the lease and find out what that says about who is responsible for repairs. If it says nothing about the subject, then call the city or municipal housing department and ask for advice. They may have someone who can interpret the lease to you if it’s hard to understand (written in legalese instead of english).