How to Tarp a Roof After a Hurricane

If you experience a hurricane, chances are your roof will be damaged in some form or another. That’s why it’s important to tarp your roof to prevent leaks after a hurricane. After a major storm, it might be difficult to get a professional team out to repair your roof right away. While you should schedule an appointment ASAP, it may be necessary to tarp your roof to stop leaks as soon as you possibly can.

Putting a tarp over a shingled roof isn’t that difficult, but it does take a bit of time and effort. This is important because water can cause serious structural damage to your home. Be sure you are extra careful when walking on a steep roof, and never put a tarp on during a storm. The first step after you are safe and secure on the roof is to remove all debris from the roof.

Next, you’ll need to locate the leaking area of the roof. You can do this from the top of the roof or from the inside of your home. Unroll your tarp over the damaged area, allowing at least four feet to overhang past the roof’s peak and the rest to hang off over the eave.

You’ll want to use cap nails to attach the peak end of the tarp to a 2 x 4. Wrap the end of the tarp around the board and then secure that board to the roof with screws. Attach more 2x4s to the other sides of the tarp to keep it secure and make sure water doesn’t get in.

After you tarp your roof, you’ll want to make sure you have the professionals out ASAP to get it fixed before the next storm. You’ll also want to be sure your windows and doors are protected from the next hurricane. Contact Alufab USA for more information at 239-226-4872.