Will a Roof Tarp Stop Leaks?


roof tarp stop leaksHas your home recently experienced roof damage?

Roof damage can affect more than just the integrity of the home. Long-term effects may also include Ill health, water infiltration, damaged keepsakes, and more. Therefore, we strongly suggest you contact professionals for emergency roof repair to keep your family safe from potential hazards. 

As part of the emergency repair solution, roofers may suggest applying a roof tarp. But will a roof tarp stop leaking in the long term? And if not, how long will it work?

What Is a Roof Tarp?  

A roof tarp is a large sheet made from plastic or waterproof canvas. It is typically blue and specifically designed to keep out water. 

A roof tarp can temporarily stop leaks and provide protection from rain and strong winds for as long as three months.

How to Install a Roof Tarp  

When installing a roof tarp, exercise extreme caution. Doing any type of work on the roof can be dangerous. Therefore, we strongly recommend hiring a professional to inspect the roof and install the tarp if necessary.

To set up an emergency roof tarp, wait for a time when the weather is good and do the following:

Assess the Damage

  • Inspect the roof to see if emergency roof repair is necessary.
  • Wear safety equipment such as gloves, goggles, and a hard hat.
  • Clean the roof of any fallen leaves, tree branches, or debris.

Measure the Area

  • Use a tape measure or other measuring tool to calculate the damage.
  • Choose a tarp that is big enough to cover the damage, plus an additional 4 feet to overhang from the roof’s peak.

Prepare and Secure the Tarp

  • For a temporary fix, use sandbags to weigh the tarp down to keep it from blowing away.
  • For a more long-term solution, nail the tarp’s peak end with a 2-x-4-inch board.
  • Screw the board to the roof using nails long enough to screw through the tarp, board, shingles, and decking.
  • Place the tarp between a second 2-x-4-inch board over the first. This will secure the tarp.
  • Repeat the first two steps three times for the tarp’s remaining peak ends.

Secure the Tarp

  • Use a screw gun to screw through the four tarp-rolled boards. Use screws long enough to screw through tarp, board, shingles and roof decking. This will fasten the tarp securely to the roof. However, it may cause damage to the shingles so you will need to replace them when removing the tarp.
  • Fasten the tarp’s remaining sides with additional 2-x-4-inch boards. These remaining boards do not need to be rolled in the tarp.

Let Us Help

As mentioned earlier, roof damage should be taken care of as soon as possible. In addition, doing roof work yourself has many potential dangers and is best left to professionals.

If your roof has been affected by bad weather or an unexpected event, we can help. Don’t wait for the condition of your roof to worsen. Contact us today for an inspection. 

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