Roof Tarp For The Inexperienced: Your Step-By-Step Guide

Author: Leonard Miller
by Leonard Miller
Posted: Sep 12, 2017

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:

  1. Wearing slip-resistance shoes, take a sturdy ladder to access the damaged area of the roof.
  2. Unroll part of the tarp, making sure that it covers the damaged area, from the eaves of the roof to the roof peak.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Secure these with 3 inch nails.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
About the Author

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.

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