How to properly tarp a roof during emergencies
It is not always possible to repair roof damage in time for a coming storm or other inclement weather. Rather than risk structural damage to the roof supports and other elements, it is best to tarp the roof until a professional contractor is able to make the necessary repairs. Tarps are only an emergency band-aid on roof damage, and further damage will occur without long-term repairs.
Roof tarping requires an understanding of safety first. Injuries during roof repair are common amongst trained professionals, so those without daily experience need to be extra cautious. The first step is enlisting the assistance of a friend or someone with experience. Other precautions include:
- Avoid attempting repairs during inclement weather.
- Do not attempt to stand on a steep roof.
- Do not stand on the tarp, and be very careful about walking on wet shingles.
Step One: Preparing the Materials
After locating a damaged area of the roof, you will need a section of woven plastic tarp long enough to cover the area from peak to eaves. Four 2×4 boards will anchor the tarp lengthwise, and more will be needed to anchor the sides at a maximum of ten inches apart. A staple gun is optional, but 3.25 inch nails are essential for securely anchoring the tarp to the boards.
Step Two: Preparing the Tarp
Each end of the tarp must be fastened to the tarp. Simply roll the board twice in the tarp and staple or nail it. The rolled side should face the roof with a second 2×4 on the external side. Nail the second boards onto both ends with 3.25 inch nails.
Step Three: Placing the Tarp
One end of the tarp with two 2×4 boards should rest along the eaves, and the other end is stretched over the peak. Nail the remaining 2×4 boards along the length of the tarp at intervals no greater than 10 inches. The ends of the tarp can be nailed to the roof as well in case of high winds.
Step Four: After the Emergency
Even the toughest tarp and best tarping job is only a temporary fix. Miami roofing professionals recommend using this fix for a maximum of 90 days. A steeply pitched roof must utilize a set of pulleys and maintain high tension at several locations. This is best accomplished by a professional tarping service.
If you would like to request a quote for any repairs currently being protected by the use of a tarp, feel free to give us a call at Roof-Tech for a free no obligation quote.