Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Best Way To Tarp A Roof

Tarping a roof temporarily stops leaks and protects your home from the elements. Roof tarps, when properly installed, can protect your home from inclement weather for up to 90 days.

This guide explains how to tarp a roof in a simple, cost-effective manner, keeping you dry until you can fix the problem or hire Orlando Rcroofers team to do so.

1. Examine The Damage

Begin by thoroughly inspecting the damage, then clear the area of debris. It’s also a good idea to remember the following helpful hints:

• Do not tarp a roof during a storm if it is windy or raining.

• Put on appropriate safety gear. Gloves, goggles, protective clothing, and sturdy boots are all part of the package.

• To get to the roof, use a ladder. Examine the area carefully for broken shingles and other signs of damage.

• Homeowners who have a steep or slick roof should assess the damage from the safety of their ladder. Do not take a direct step onto the roof.

• Using your broom, carefully clean the debris from your roof. Remove branches, leaves, and other debris to improve your view.

• For safety and support, enlist the assistance of a friend to inspect, clean, and tarp your roof.

2. Calculate The Area

To purchase the correct size tarp, accurately measure the damaged area.

• Calculate the surface area of the damage with a measuring tool.

• Take measurements and select a heavy-duty tarp in the appropriate size.

• The tarp must cover the damaged area plus four feet of overhang from the roof’s peak when unrolled.

• Any excess tarp can be safely hung from the roof’s edge.

3. Prepare And Place The Tarp

This step ensures that your tarp is securely fastened to your roof. Your tarp must be secured and weighted down so that it does not blow away in high winds or storms. There are several methods for securing and weighing down the tarp.

• The simplest way to secure a tarp is to weigh it down with sandbags to keep it from blowing away. This should only be used as a temporary solution.

• Make an anchor board by rolling a 2 x 4-inch board into the tarp’s peak-end for a more secure and long-lasting fix. Attach the tarp to the board with nails. To avoid collecting rainwater, snow, or debris, the board must be 2 feet longer than the width of the tarp and sit against the roof.

• Nail a second 2 x 4-inch board over the first to sandwich the tarp. This ensures that the tarp remains taut and completely protective.

• Repeat the first two steps three times more for the remaining peak ends of the tarp.

• Never position, prepare or secure the tarp on your own. This is a two-person project. Furthermore, only complete this project when the weather is nice. Because your tarp may be slippery, never stand or step on it.

4. Tarp Must Be Secured.

Protect the damaged area by securing the roof tarp to prevent flapping, water seepage, and debris from entering.

• To secure the tarp, screw through the four tarp-rolled boards with your screw gun. Screw screws long enough to go through the tarp, board, shingles, and roof decking. This securely fastens the tarp to the roof. It also damages the shingles, so you’ll have to replace them once the tarp is removed. However, replacing shingles is less expensive than the extensive water damage that can result from a leaking roof.

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