Emergency Roofing: How Long A Tarp Should Last For You

Emergency Roofing: How Long A Tarp Should Last For You

After a terrible storm, your roof may have terrible damage. You’ll need emergency roofing repairs to protect your home from further damage. Water infiltration, mold, mildew, ruined possessions, and ill health all follow major roofing damage. Emergency roofing usually starts with a tarp. A tarp is a large sheet of plastic or rubberized fabric that temporarily keeps out water. 

Not for Amateurs

Even in the best conditions, your home’s roof is no place for amateurs. After a storm, the risk of injury increases dramatically. Before any discussion of tarping, we need to make clear: stay off your roof! 

Tarps are a quick step taken immediately after storm damage. Thrown over any kind of roof, but especially useful over shingle roofing, a single large tarp will ride up and over the roof ridge, helping to shed water. 

Most residential roofers who handle emergency roofing calls come equipped with these enormous tarps. Because a single, waterproof sheet goes seamlessly over the entire roof, the damaged roof beneath is preserved. Water runs into your gutters. No more damage can occur until necessary repairs are made, though existing damage remains untouched. 

Proper Installation

Two types of tarp installation are typical after a storm:

  1. Temporary — Thrown over your home’s roof literally as the last raindrops fall, a temporary tarp is anchored to your roof along the bottom and side edges only. With no nail holes through the expanse or ridge, water stays out of your home. Furring strips or weighted sandbags can prevent wind uplift. 
  2. Long Term — A long-term tarp may have to be placed while insurance issues, scheduling, or contract terms are tidied up. In this case a more substantial tarp, more thoroughly fastened, will serve as a roof replacement. 

How long should you leave a tarp on a roof? As long as needed to resolve the needed roof repairs!

Life Span

Temporary tarping will last a few months.

A long-term tarp installation could last one to two years if needed.

Your home cannot be energy efficient, completely water resistant, and comfortable with just a tarp on the roof. However, tarping provides you and your local roofer with breathing room. With the home safe, you, your insurance adjuster, and your roofer can work together to find a permanent solution to the roof damage. 

Roof Repair Specialist is your local, reliable Los Angeles roofer. Contact us today. We are ready to provide emergency roofing repairs, protect your home with tarps, and find permanent solutions to your roofing problems.

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