Immediately after a severe storm, you could discover that your roof has been damaged. Some of the roof shingles may have been torn off or the facial board and a major section of the roof may have been damaged by a fallen tree. When this happens, you need a roof tarp to safe guard your home and prevent further damage.
At this point, it is vital for you to make temporary repairs by installing a tarping your roof before asking for professional help. So we will be explaining some of the reasons why you should tarp your roof and how to do it properly.
Why You Need to Tarp Your Roof
- To Satisfy Your Home Insurer: Virtually all home insurance companies will ask you to do some temporary repairs. This will help to prevent any major leaks that can lead to major home repairs. You need to install a roof tarp to fulfill your part of the home insurance contract. When this is done promptly, you will be able to get the company to handle the permanent repairs without undue complaints.
- To Protect Your Family Members: If water keeps coming into your home through the damaged roof, it can easily lead to mold growth. This will create a very toxic environment for all inhabitants of the home. Also, if water comes into contact with electrical wiring, it raises the risk of a fire outbreak. Tarping the roof should offer you about three months protection from rain, depending on your weather conditions.
- To Secure Your Belongings: Any holes in your roof could serve as a gateway for little animals like rats, squirrels and destructive termites to come into the home. Many of these creatures may have had their homes destroyed by the storm and they may be seeking for a new place to build a nest.
Now that you know that you must install a tarp to provide quick temporary protection for your building, let’s outline the steps required to install a safe and secure tarp on your roof.
Here’s What You Need to Do
- Identify the damaged areas on the roof
Do a thorough inspection of the roof. Look at the exterior to see where the damaged roof tiles or shingles are located. Check the interior of your home for leaks. Take measurements of the damaged area so you will know the length of tarp to buy.
- Gather the tools and supplies you need
You will need a ladder, saw, cordless drill and deck screws, or roof nails and a hammer, a knife, a tarp that will cover the damaged area with at about 3′ on each side, the ridge and bottom. Get a tarp that offers UV protection because it will last longer. Buy 1 x 3’s that can go round the perimeter of the tarp and serve as furring strips. You will also need 3/8 plywood to cover any exposed areas.
- Cut your plywood
Cut as much plywood as you need to cover any perforated areas of the roof. Secure the perimeter using screws or nails at 6″ intervals onto the roof sheathing. You can also fasten the plywood to the trusses where possible.
- Unroll the tarp
Unroll your tarp completely and ensure that its length extends beyond the edge of your roof for at least 1 foot on each side in the damaged areas. Place something on it to ensure that it does not get blown off by light wind.
- Wrap one end of the tarp
At the damaged area, wrap an end of your tarp around the 1×3′ furring strip. Ensure that your furring strip extends beyond each end of the area by 1 foot. Temporarily screw down the rolled end to the roof with about three screws.
- Screw the roll side down
Nail or screw down the rolled side of the tarp to the facial board or the edge of the roof. Since the edge of the tarp can be slippery it is safer to do this part while standing on a ladder.
- Pull the tarp tight around the edges
Apply 1×3′ strapping around the edges of the tarp with deck screws, at 8″ intervals, so you have at least one, within 3″ of the edge.
- Secure the final strapping
Take off all your supplies from the roof and secure the last strapping applied in step 5 at 8″ intervals.
Those are the basic steps required to fix a tarp on your roof. Your insurer requires that you fix one to prevent further damage to your property after a storm has damaged your roof.The need to fix a tarp, however, does not mean that you must put your life and those of your loved ones at risk, when you do not have the training, courage or skills to fix a tarp. Instead, you should contact us immediately after you have a storm, we will visit your home promptly, and help you to fix a safe and secure tarp to protect your home.