How to Tarp a Roof Without Nails

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How to Tarp a Roof Without Nails

Is your roof leaking as a result of the recent New Jersey rainstorm? Worse, has a storm ripped off the shingles or blown a tree branch through the roof? Whatever the cause of your roof problem, you need to get a tarp over the damage as soon as possible. A self-adhesive tarp allows you to quickly patch your roof without causing additional damage. You can finish the steps for how to tarp a roof without nails with the assistance of a friend. Wear nonskid shoes and exercise extreme caution when working on a roof. Roof harnesses are also available at home improvement stores and should be worn to protect yourself from the very real risk of falling.

How to Tarp a Roof Without NailsTools Needed

  • Extension ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Heat gun
  • Extension cord
  • Sand bags

Instructions for How to Tarp a Roof Without Nails

  1. Wait for the bad weather to pass before mounting your roof.
  2. Place the ladder on level ground and climb up to the damaged area.
  3. If using a roof harness, follow the product’s directions for securing yourself.
  4. Find the areas where leaks are entering the building.
  5. Clean off dirt and debris.
  6. Measure the damaged area and add several feet to each side to ensure good coverage.
  7. Select a self-adhesive tarp large enough to cover the damage and overlap the roof peak by at least 4 feet.
  8. Check product packaging to confirm that the adhesive is meant for your type of shingles.
  9. The adhesive strips on the tarp require a dry surface.
  10. If the roof is wet, blow dry the tarp attachment areas with a heat gun.
  11. Have a partner help you spread the tarp over the roof peak and over the leak.
  12. Make sure that the tarp is smooth and flat against the roof.
  13. Secure the edges with the adhesive.
  14. Fill sandbags and place them along the edges of the tarp.
  15. The narrow end of each sandbag needs to face either up or down the slope of the roof.
  16. Make arrangements to get the roof permanently fixed.

Get Assistance With Roofing Emergencies

Bay Roofing focuses on roof repair. We have a team dedicated to roof repair. We’ll identify all sources of damage and carry out a thorough repair to keep your home safe from water damage. We are prepared to respond to your call for emergency roof assistance, particularly after a storm. Please contact us about roof repairs right away.