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 professional roofers like Authentic Restoration.

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.