Another Roofing Project: Emergency Roof Repair - Will Roof Tarping last for you?

What would you do if a tree fell on your roof while you were sleeping like a baby? Or hail and high winds ripped your roof apart? Do you know who to call? With APD Roofing - Best and top-rated quality roofer is here to help you.

Remember: Roof tarps, often referred to as “Blue Roof” because the tarps are blue, are reinforced plastic tarps designed specifically to cover a damaged roof. Covering your roof provides your home or other building with temporary protection until a permanent roof repair can be completed. Roof tarping is often used on the roofs of homes and buildings damaged by severe weather, such as a hurricane or tornado.

Once your roof is compromised, it will allow water to seep through a small leak, sometimes barely visible. This causes water infiltration, interior water damage, and subsequent mold and mildew without you knowing it. So a quick roof repair is to install a protective layer or cover to protect your roof from further damage. This is what we call, Roof Tarping. A tarp is a large sheet of plastic or rubberized fabric that temporarily keeps out water. But remember, roof tarping is a temporary measure and does not constitute a roof repair.

There are two types of Roof Tarping:

  1. Temporary Tarping - this is needed when you literally need to cover your house from rain. It is anchored on your roof along the bottom and side edges only. Sandbags can be used to prevent the wind to uplift the tarp. This will last a few days or weeks depending on weather conditions.

  2. Long Term Tarping - this tarping may have to be placed while insurance issues, scheduling, or contract terms are being processed. In this case, a more substantial tarp, more thoroughly fastened, will serve as a stronger layer of roof repair. A long-term tarp installation could last one to two years if needed however the tarp will trap some moisture and that can damage the roof deck (its the plywood underneath the felt and shingles and also cause damage to your shingles and roof because the tarp must be attached to the roof using screws or nails.).

The following situations can call for roof tarp installation including:

  • Hurricanes

  • Tornados

  • Fires

  • Home Deterioration

  • Damage Caused by Animals

  • Damage to a roof caused by trees

  • Hail and flying debris

Whatever the cause may be, remember a tarp is only a temporary solution. You will eventually need to get a roofing contractor to do the permanent repairs. To get a detailed evaluation, get in touch with APD Roofing - the quality roofing company.

Your home cannot be fully secured or water-resistant with just a tarp on the roof, and you may not feel comfortable with just a tarp on the roof. However, tarping protects your roof from further damage, providing you and your local roofer with some breathing room, and is a better alternative to doing nothing. Insurance companies actually require you to protect your home from further damage or risk having your claim denied for negligence. With the home relatively safe, you, your insurance adjuster, and your roofer can work together to find a permanent solution to the roof damage. (Click here > on how to process an Insurance Claim)

We can tarp any roof quickly and effectively!

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to get in touch with us.


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