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How to Safely Tarp a Roof

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

  1. Wait until the inclement weather subsides before mounting your roof.
  2. Position the ladder on even ground and ascend to the damaged section.
  3. When using a roof harness, adhere to the instructions provided with the product to secure yourself.
  4. Locate the points where leaks are entering the structure.
  5. Remove dirt and debris from the affected area.
  6. Measure the extent of the damage and add extra footage to each side to ensure complete coverage.
  7. 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.
  8. Verify on the product packaging that the adhesive is suitable for your specific shingle type.
  9. The adhesive strips on the tarp necessitate a dry surface.
  10. If the roof is wet, use a heat gun to dry the areas where the tarp will be attached.
  11. Enlist the assistance of a partner to position the tarp over the highest point of the roof and the leak.
  12. Ensure that the tarp is smooth and lies flat against the roof surface.
  13. Secure the tarp’s edges using the adhesive.
  14. Fill sandbags and place them along the periphery of the tarp.
  15. Orient the narrow end of each sandbag either upward or downward in accordance with the roof’s slope.
  16. Make the necessary arrangements to permanently repair the roof.

Tools & Materials

  • Extension ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Heat gun
  • Extension cord
  • Sand bags

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