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

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

What would you do if a tree fell on your roof while you were sleeping? Have hail and high winds torn your roof apart? Who can you contact? With APD Roofing - The best quality roofer in the city is here to help.

Remember: Tarps, sometimes called "Blue Roofs" because of their blue color, are reinforced plastic tarps designed specifically to cover a roof. By covering your roof, you provide your home or other building with temporary protection until you can complete a permanent roof repair. Often, roof tarping is used to cover 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. A quick roof repair is to install a protective layer or cover to protect your roof from further damage. We call this Roof Tarping. A tarp is a large sheet of plastic or rubberized fabric used to keep water out. But remember, tarping your roof is only a temporary measure, not a roof repair.

There are two types of Roof Tarping:

  1. Temporary Tarping -this is required when you literally need to cover your house from the rain. It is only anchored along the bottom, side, and top edges of your roof. Sandbags can be used to keep the tarp from being uplifted by the wind. Depending on weather conditions, this will last several days or weeks.

  2. Long Term Tarping - this tarping may have to be placed while insurance issues, scheduling, or contract terms are being processed. A heavier tarp, more tightly fastened, will serve as a stronger layer of roof repair in this case. The tarp can last up to two years if needed, but it will trap some moisture and damage the roof deck (it's the plywood underneath the felt and shingles, and the tarp must be attached to the roof using screws or nails, which damages your roof and shingles).

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

No matter what the cause, a tarp is only a temporary solution. You will eventually have to hire a roofing contractor to do the permanent repairs. Get in touch with APD Roofing - the quality roofing company - to get a detailed evaluation.

With only a tarp on the roof, your home cannot be fully protected from water or fully water-resistant, and you may not feel comfortable with just a tarp on the roof. Tarping, on the other hand, protects your roof from further damage, providing you and your local roofer with some breathing room, and is a better alternative than doing nothing. A homeowner's insurance company actually requires them to protect their homes against further damage, or risk denying their claims. As long as the home is 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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