Broken shingles provide less protection from the weather, hastening the deterioration of your roof and lowering the level of protection it offers. Even on flat roofs, the correct blue tarp can stop more damage and provide a short reprieve from leaks while you wait for long-term repairs.
Why Are Blue Roof Tarps Installed?
Roofs may become defective as a result of normal aging and unforeseen events. Both significant and small roof issues frequently result from:
- Tornadoes and hurricanes
- Branch-falling trees
- Lightning strikes.
Even though these risks could result in urgent roof repairs, you might not have access to the necessary services right now. In such cases, roof tarping offers a workable, albeit temporary, option. Blue roof poly tarp is the best temporary protection you can have against everything from natural disasters to roof damage caused by squirrels.
- Extra Protection
When your roof is damaged, blue tarps give you an extra layer of security. Additionally, they lessen the possibility that little holes or loose tiles would grow into major roofing issues.
- Superior Insurance Protection
You might also be able to get better coverage for your homeowner’s insurance with the aid of blue roof tarps. Placing tarps shows that you’re trying to prevent damage. Most insurance providers may alter your coverage depending on how you reduce damage.
When a roof is destroyed, stabilizing the interior gives time for repairs and removing valuables and other goods.
- Saves money
Reduces restoration expenses by shielding the home’s interior and the remaining roof from weather
How to tarp a roof
Your roof tarp’s effectiveness and durability will depend on its exact proportions and proper installation. Follow our detailed instructions on how to tarp a roof to help you picture the process of doing so.
- Examine the damage
Make sure you have at least one assistant ready before starting this work. Put on the appropriate safety equipment, which should be worn next. This comprises suitable work boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, safety glasses, and fall protection equipment. After taking the appropriate safety procedures, install the ladder. Climb to assess any damage to the roof rather than climbing onto any area that seems damaged.
Using a tape measure, determine how much of the roof has to be covered with a tarp. Then, get a tarp that is the right size and some 2x4s to secure it. Remember that the 2x4s must extend about 2 feet past the tarp’s edges.
- Remove any dirt and have the tarp ready.
Remove any d that can damage the tarp during installation or afterwards, such as broken shingles. Once the tarp is securely stretched out over the damaged area with the aid of a helper, make sure that it extends at least 4 feet beyond the roof’s peak to prevent water from seeping underneath.
- Install the tarp
Make sure a 2×4 lumber is positioned to protrude outward from the tarp by about 2 feet from the peak edge. Fasten the tarp to the 2×4 using a hammer and nails, then spin the 2×4 board 360 degrees to ensure the tarp covers it entirely. Wrapping prevents the nails from tearing through the tarp during heavy gusts.
The tarp should be stretched out and pulled securely after the 2×4 is positioned properly. Using a drill, fasten the 2×4 to the roof. Ensure the screws are long enough to reach through the 2x4s, shingles, and decking. Repeat the process with the opposite side of the tarp to ensure the 24 is firmly wrapped, fixed with nails, and secured. Add additional 2x4s on top of the two exposed edges and fasten them to the roof with wood screws to secure the tarp’s four sides.
- Fasten the tarp that drapes below the eaves.
Not every tarp will extend over the edge of the roof. If so, use a 2×4 board to hold the tarps that will hang over the roof’s edge so that they fit snugly underneath the eaves. Ask a helper to lower it, so it is appropriately aligned underneath the eaves. Once there is no longer slack, completely encircle the 2×4 with the tarp.
It’s crucial to securely fasten the tarp since screws can corrode siding and shingles, necessitating repairs. Additionally, these repairs are not as difficult as the serious water damage that may result from a roof that is not tarped.
- Secure the tarp with additional lumber.
The 2x4s that were first put in place will hold the tarp in place in calm weather, but it is advised to add more 2x4s to sandwich the tarp between the new and old 2x4s so that this temporary fix holds up in torrential downpours and severe winds. Stack a second 2×4 on top of the tarp-covered anchor board and fasten it to the board using screws. Repeating this process will ensure that the tarp is taut and firmly fastened to the roof, even in bad weather.
It’s very smart to sandwich the tarp between the anchor board and the overhang. This overhang is typically the first to come off in high winds if it is not fastened as securely as possible to the roof and side of the home. Remember that you can add more 2x4s if you think the tarp is too loose. Just be careful to space the boards properly to provide even support across the top of the tarp.