Is your roof leaking as a result of the recent rainstorm? Worse, has a storm ripped off the shingles or blown a tree branch through the roof? Whatever the cause of your roof problem, you need to get a tarp over the damage as soon as possible. A self-adhesive tarp allows you to quickly patch your roof without causing additional damage. You can finish the steps for how to tarp a roof without nails with the assistance of a friend. Wear nonskid shoes and exercise extreme caution when working on a roof. Roof harnesses are also available at home improvement stores and should be worn to protect yourself from the very real risk of falling.
Instructions for How to Safely Tarp a Roof
- Wait until the inclement weather subsides before mounting your roof.
- Position the ladder on even ground and ascend to the damaged section.
- When using a roof harness, adhere to the instructions provided with the product to secure yourself.
- Locate the points where leaks are entering the structure.
- Remove dirt and debris from the affected area.
- Measure the extent of the damage and add extra footage to each side to ensure complete coverage.
- Choose a self-adhesive tarp that is sufficiently large to cover the damage and extend at least 4 feet beyond the highest point of the roof.
- Verify on the product packaging that the adhesive is suitable for your specific shingle type.
- The adhesive strips on the tarp necessitate a dry surface.
- If the roof is wet, use a heat gun to dry the areas where the tarp will be attached.
- Enlist the assistance of a partner to position the tarp over the highest point of the roof and the leak.
- Ensure that the tarp is smooth and lies flat against the roof surface.
- Secure the tarp’s edges using the adhesive.
- Fill sandbags and place them along the periphery of the tarp.
- Orient the narrow end of each sandbag either upward or downward in accordance with the roof’s slope.
- Make the necessary arrangements to permanently repair the roof.