It's never a good thing to avoid repairing your roof after it is damaging, even if it is mild lakes. Because a tiny damage can become cause of a huge disaster, which will cost ever in the end. So, an inexpensive way is to repair your damaged roof by tarping. A good quality tarp can protect you over months after months.
However, if you want to know how to tarp a roof by yourself, the following easy steps guide you to do this properly.
What do you need to tarp a roof?
Before going to tarp a roof, consider the following things you have;
- woven poly tarp
- 2 x 4 wooden planks/boards (4-5 pieces)
- Nails, about 3 1/4 inches long
- Screw gun
- Utility knife (for cutting the tarp)
- Safety goggles, ladder, hand gloves
How to Tarp a Roof
First things first.
Find out the damage on the roof that you want to tarp: Using a ladder, go to your roof to see exactly where the damage is. And, try to find out the damaged roof-tiles and remove debris from there.
You have to investigate the roof thoroughly, as the damage may have more than your exception.
You can also search for the damage from your attic, where you have to look at the water stains area on the wood of the roof as it also indicates the damaged sign on the roof.
Metering the actual size of the damaged area; When you are found out the ruin area successfully, now its time to metering the exact size of the damage. Metering the precise dimension of the ruin area, And don't forget to calculate thoroughly of all the points of the damaged area.e it by the
However, if you forget your roof's total size, you can now measure it for further work.
Keep a record of the damage; If you have home insurance, now its time to keep a record by taking lots of images on ruin area to provide the proof. Besides, keeping images help you understand how large tarp you will need when you are in the hardware store.
Purchase a preferable tarp; In the hardware store, you may be confused to see different types of tarp and their size. To be sure, you have to take a tarp that is bigger than your damaged area ( if you want to cover the full roof, buy the full coverage tarp)
Though most of the available tarp covers the majority roof, its a good idea to be sure that buying tarp will accurately.
cover the ruin area
Arrange all the safety equipment near you; Repairing a roof could be a dangerous thing to you, especially when you are not a professional in this sector. However, if you are really confident to repair it by yourself, make sure you have all the safety equipment near you. Such as a pair of boots, a ladder, protective glasses, a helmet, and a vest.
Get help from friends or family members; As you are unprofessional to tarp a roof, I recommend you bring some friends or family members to get help from them at the emergency moment. However, if you consider doing the job by yourself, make sure there's someone in the home to support you during the dangerous time.
Clean the roof; Try to do this on a shiny day. Take a brush with you on the roof to remove all the branches, leaves, and debris. And, make sure you have brushed off all dead leaf so that there's no chance to grow any insect life.
Prepare the tarp for use; The tarp may come with folded or like a roll. However, open the tarp from its packaging and make it ready to use.
Tip: To unroll the tarp, find out the firm grasp on the tarp, and place the helper grasp on the other side. When you move away from each other by pulling the tarp will unroll easily.
Lay the tarp over the roof; Lay the tarp over the roof in such a way so that it has at least four feet lies on each side of the sloped area (which is also known as peak). The remaining tarp will be hung off the lower border to overhang the wall (it's also called the Eave).
Tip: Don't try to lay the tarp during the storm time.
Add boards and secure it; Add boards by laying it under the tarp's peak ends and attach them to each other, hammering the cap nails. Do this three more times and be sure all the tarp's peak ends attached well beneath the boards.
Warp the tarp around the board; After attaching tarp with boards, wrap it around so that it covered all the sides of the boards. Take the board and rotate it to counter clockwise. Then place it down on the roof and do the process for each board.
Enter your text here Screw the rotated boards; Screw the rotated board (which is covered with the tarp) and make sure it is going to attach the tarp, board and the roof thoroughly. Do this step for all the boards.
Add 4 more boards on the roof; Place four more boards on the roof and screw it against the screwed long ends. The new board has to be over the tarp and it has to be perpendicular to the old board. Then, screw it.
Make sure the screw attach them thoroughly by going through into tarp, board, and then the roof.
Add 2 more boards to roll the rest of the overhanging tarp; The over-hanging tarp should be secured by rolling with the recently added boards. Then the boards should be attached on the wall by screwing the 2 inches screws.
Congratulates! You have done the task....