How To Tarp a Roof – Take Caution or Use a Professional

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Prevent Further Damage with a Roof Tarp

Are you dealing with cracks and leaks in your roof? You may need to tarp your roof to avoid further damage and future more costly repairs.

Tarping a roof is an effective and budget-friendly remedy to a leaky roof. Keep reading for the step-by-step process of installing tarp on your roof like a pro.

This comprehensive guide will help you protect your roof until a professional contractor like Authentic Restoration can make roof repairs. If you have any questions, contact us at 855-849-6494.

Tools That You Need

To properly tarp your roof, you need the appropriate tools. These include:

  • Extension Ladders
  • Protective Clothing
  • Safety Goggles
  • Work Gloves
  • Sturdy Boots
  • Tape Measure
  • High-Grade Tarp
  • Utility Knife (For Cutting the Tarp)
  • 2X4 Wooden Planks/Boards (4 to 5 Pieces)
  • Screw Gun

Step-by-Step Process To Tarp Your Roof Like a Pro

Assess the Damage and Clean the Debris

Before starting the installation of your roof tarp, examine your roof damage and clean the debris. If you leave out this step, you may miss damage or debris that may endanger you during the tarp installation. These precautions will also help you detect the leak source with ease.

Look for broken shingles, torn panels, misplaced tiles, and smashed vents. Make sure you clear tree branches, leaves, and other rubbles.

Wear appropriate clothing, safety goggles, hand gloves, and sturdy boots while inspecting and cleaning the debris. An extension ladder may give you a better view of the damaged area.

Measure the Damaged Area

Correctly measuring the damaged area is essential to make sure you buy the right sized tarp. Use a measuring tool like a tape measure to evaluate the size of the damage. There are different tarp sizes available, such as 12 feet by 16 feet and 20 feet by 30 feet.

Once you unroll the tarp, the correct sized one should conceal the damaged area and provide at least four feet of overhang past your roof’s peak. You can let the extra or unused portion safely hang off the edge of the roof.

If your tarp is way larger than the damaged area, you may opt to cut the material using a utility knife.

Prepare and Position the Tarp

Position the tarp to the damaged area. The tarp should be weighed down with 2-by-4-inch wooden boards before you secure it to your roof.

It is essential that you fully sandwich the tarp between the boards so it won’t fall off if during windy conditions. Make sure when you position your tarp, there is an extra four feet of tarp on every side.

Final Step: Secure the Tarp

After preparing and positioning your tarp, you may now secure it. Rivet through the 2-by-4-inch wooden planks using a screw gun. The screws should securely pass into your roof.

Avoid tarping during risky situations like heavy rains because the roof may be slippery. Tarping is usually a two-person job.

Prioritize Safety and Trust a Professional for Roof Repairs

While you can do tarping on your own, comprehensive repairs should be carried out by professionals.

We take pride in our skilled technicians who deliver quality roof repair services. Call Authentic Restoration at 855-849-6494 for a free quote for any of your roofing projects.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace A Roof?

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The price of replacing a residential roof depends on several factors. When you request price quotes, make sure to avoid roofing scams by confirming the contractor you’re considering is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Authentic Restoration offers top-notch, reliable roof replacement that provides value for your bucks.

If you’re wondering how much it costs to replace a roof, you’ve come to the right place. Here we discuss the factors that determine the cost of roof replacement and the average costs of roofing materials and labor.

If you have any specific questions about your job, please feel free to get in touch with us at 855-849-6494.

Important Factors To Consider When Pricing Roof Replacement

A professional roofing contractor like Authentic Restoration looks at different variables to determine the price of roof replacement. Since every roofing company is unique, the cost of a new roofing system can drastically differ from one to the next. Some factors that determine cost are:

Roof size — This is the most significant factor that determines the price of roof replacement. A larger roof requires more materials, meaning it will cost more to cover it than a smaller roof.

Roof slope or pitch — If your roof is steep, it’s not walkable and requires quality staging to complete the replacement, which increases cost.

Type of roof being removed and installed — Some roofing materials are heavy, which means replacing them is more complicated. The number of layers can also make them difficult to remove and install. These factors also affect the cost.

Costs may also vary depending on your home’s location. The price of construction materials is higher in some areas.

Additional details, such as accessories or roof system components, also affect the cost of your project. A skylight or a chimney, for instance, will increase the price of your roof replacement.

Average Cost of Roof Replacement

Material Cost

Note that roofing materials sell per 100-square-foot square. In today’s market, individual materials generally cost between $100 and $1,000 per square. The exact price depends on the brand and type you purchase.

If you have a roof system with an average size of 17 squares, the roofing materials may cost between $2,500 and $25,000. To give you a better idea of how much the materials may cost, here are the prices of specific materials:

  • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Rubber: $8,000–$14,000
  • Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Membrane: $10,000–$15,000
  • Wood Shingles: $14,000–$25,000
  • 3-Tab Asphalt Shingles: $7,000–$12,000
  • 30-year Shingles: $9,000–$15,000
  • 50-year Shingles: $11,000–$20,000
  • Aluminum Shingles: $15,000–$28,000
  • Steel Shingles: $14,000–$25,000
  • Standing Seam: $23,000–$30,000
  • Natural Slate: $25,000–$50,000
  • Clay Tiles: $25,000–$50,000
  • Concrete Tiles: $20,000–$40,000

Labor Cost

Labor costs vary but generally range from $150 to $300 per square. The specific price depends on the contractor and their location.

Note that labor costs make up about 60% of the entire roof replacement project. This cost breaks down to mean if the project’s total fee is $7,500, the labor portion amounts to $4,500.

All Factors Considered

Factoring in the labor and materials costs brings a total roofing cost to between about $10,000 and $20,000. If you have specific pricing requirements, you may reach out to a contractor like Authentic Restoration and ask for a quote.

Our roofing professionals will inspect your property thoroughly and assess the quote based on the property’s requirements.

Hire a Trustworthy Roofer That Provides Value for Your Bucks

To keep your loved ones safe, take no chances when it comes to replacing your residential roof system. For roof replacement services, get in touch with Authentic Restoration at 855-849-6494.

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