What Does Tarping Involve?


Before erecting and securing the tarp across damaged and vulnerable areas, the first job is to thoroughly examine the area, taking note of the damage and photographing it for insurance claim purposes. What’s more, this may be a good time to assess what the long-term solution may be – do you need to re-roof or replace, or will a repair hold up for a long enough period to make it worthwhile?


Once the inspection is done, the debris in the area needs to be cleared, adequate square footage of tarp procured along with four 2x4 boards to secure the tarp. Then, the ends of the tarp must be secured to the boards using cap nails. Next, the tarp needs to be rolled around the boards and the ends secured to the roof using six 2” nails for each board.

Doing this job during a rainy or snowy season is dangerous, and if the job is not done properly, would lead to your house getting wet. What’s more, the problem may get worse if the area is not adequately covered, which may cause a problem with insurance when you take a later, longer-lasting decision on how to fix your roof.

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