Emergency Roofing Contractor
As emergency roof repair specialists, we don’t recommend that homeowners try to tarp or repair a roof on their own. It is work best handled by an expert emergency roof repair company that has a lot of experience with it. However, there are times when professional cannot be found immediately and a property owner may need to take drastic action to preserve their property.
Tarping a roof is a project to be completed only when a professional roofing contractor is not available, and the situation needs immediate attention to prevent further damage.
That being said, we’ll shed a little light on the subject of roof tarping for you.
This type of emergency roof repair is a temporary fix for a major roof leak and should only be attempted in a safe environment with the right array of safety equipment being used. Make sure you have at least one additional person to help in the repair. Final repairs are best left to a roofing professional that has the equipment and expertise to do it safely and permanently.
If you feel you must tarp your roof, for whatever reason…here are some helpful tips.
Wet rooftops are dangerous, especially when wet and tarps can be slippery even when they are dry. Extreme caution is advised at all times. Be careful.
Emergency Roof Repair
Roof Tarping Basics
• Don’t stand on any roof that has a steep pitch.
• Don’t stand on any tarp – particularly if the tarp is wet, as it will be very slippery.
• Never try to go up onto a roof in the middle of a storm.
Identify the Roof Leak’s Origin
Finding the exact spot that is causing the leak might be hard if an obvious damage spot is not clearly seen. Storm damage can range from large, highly visible damage or tears to almost undetectable penetrations. Even small types of damage can hurt the surface of your roof and lead to bigger problems over time. Leaks look like they start in one area, but water usually moves in ways that you don’t expect.
Start by checking the underside of the roof for water stains. Go up into the attic, if you have one, and see if you can spot where the water is coming from that is leaking into your property.
Roof Tarping Instructions
• Find the problem area in question on the roof.
• Measure the area that needs to be covered. Measure about 1 foot over the ridge to about 2 feet below the leak for the tarp length. Then measure the width of the leak area and add an additional 6 feet for the tarp width.
• Cut your roof tarp material to match the size you need.
• Center the roof tarping material from over peak to below the leak and open it up.
• Roll 2 to 3 inch rolls of plastic, creating a nail line, place the tarp flat onto the roof surface, pound your first nail in the plastic nail line. To keep wind from destroying your work, you should pull the tarp tight and set nails about 2 to 3 ft. apart all the way around the material, stretching the tarp tight along eaves, parameter, and over the ridge.
• Step safely down the ladder and check your work on the inside to make sure it’s set.
Make sure to install your material over the ridge. If the material is installed just shy of the ridge, it allows water to run freely right under the plastic and, again, inside your house.
What to Look For After the Storm
• Torn or missing shingles
• Dented metal roof vents and flashing
• Missing metal roof panels
• Broken or out of place tiles
• Roof indentations or penetrations
• Water spots and signs of water underneath the roof deck into the attic.
• Standing water on a flat roof
If you have to do a roof tarp installation yourself, be careful. Your first step, before trying to tarp yourself, is calling a professional, licensed, emergency roof repair contractor like Mikku and Sons Roofing. Feel free to call us at (623) 465-1068 if you have any questions regarding any emergency roof repair services.