Roof Tarp For The Inexperienced: Your Step-By-Step Guide
Has your roof sprung a leak or been damaged by heavy rains during a storm? Until you can arrange to have your roof professionally inspected and repaired, a temporary solution in the form of a roof tarp is just what you need. Installing a Roof Tarp is important and its benefits are two-fold: one, it will safeguard you and your family against any harm from the water leaking and two, it will help in preventing any water damage to your property and furnishings/belongings.
To install a roof tarp, you will require the following tools:
- Waterproof roof tarp
- Ladder (make sure it’s sturdy)
- Slip-resistance shoes (or ones with a good grip)
- Carpenter’s stapler
- 3 inch common nails
- Wooden 2x4
Let’s take a look at how you can easily tarp your roof with these simple steps:
- Wearing slip-resistance shoes, take a sturdy ladder to access the damaged area of the roof.
- Unroll part of the tarp, making sure that it covers the damaged area, from the eaves of the roof to the roof peak.
- Next you need to wrap one end of the roof tarp twice around the 2x4 wooden board, making sure to use the carpenter’s staple to secure one end.
- Along both sides of the roof tarp, lay down a 2x4 wooden board and ensure that an end of each of the two boards are in contact with the wooden board that is covered with the tarp.
- Secure these with 3 inch nails.
- Finally, lay the other half of the tarp down, ensuring that it stretches over the ridge of the roof and goes down on the other side.
- Repeat this same process for the other side of the tarp.
But before you begin with this, there are a few warnings that you should heed to ensure complete safety.
- Never try to attempt installing a roof tarp during a windy or dangerous weather.
- It’s important to remember that roof tarps can be very slippery even when they are dry, therefore make sure that you don’t step on one.
- If you have a roof that has a steep pitch then we suggest that you call in a professional for the job to avoid any risks.
- Ask a friend to help – it will make the process much easier.
Leonard Miller is a student of masters in English literature but has always been extraordinary when it comes to writing content. In a mean time, he also manages her own site called Roof Umbrella.