Roof Tarping Completely Explained

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A roof tarp is a temporary measure to keep your home safe until a permanent fix is done. In the wake of a major storm or natural disaster, roofs of all kinds can develop holes or leaks. Even the smallest one can lead to major issues, from higher utility bills to water seeping into your home. And, of course, small leaks only get larger over time.

However, there’s a logistical issue here.  Most roofing company contractors have a fixed schedule, and may not be able to service your home right away.  This is especially the case after a major natural disaster when many roofs that need repair in your local area.

Roof tarping is an essential service to keep your home safe in the meantime. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

Preparing for the Experts to Come Out

Before the emergency roof tarp goes on the roof your restoration professionals need to take a few preliminary steps.  They need to gauge the scope and size of the damage to accurately size the tarp. Then they will scale the roof to do a close examination.  The examination will allow them to see any damage indicators as broken shingles, holes, or other wear and tear.

In addition, any debris still on the roof from the storm/natural disaster will be cleared off. It’s important to get these off before the tarp goes on because certain debris could further damage the roof or even the tarp. Generally, these include:

  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Rubble
  • Garbage

In addition, if you see any leak, you want to cover it with plywood before the tarp goes on. After this, the damaged area will be measured out. Ideally, a roof tarp should cover the damaged area, while also offering four feet of overhang from the peak of the roof. Additional tarp can hang off the edge of the roof.

Some enterprising homeowners may want to go about checking their roofs themselves.  This isn’t recommended, especially after a heavy storm. Debris, rain, and structural issues can make a roof become more slippery than usual, presenting a major fall hazard.Doing a basic visual check from the safety of your ladder is a good compromise. In addition, you should have all the safety equipment possible available, including:

  • Protective clothes
  • Workboots
  • Gloves
  • Goggles

The Roof Tarping Process Explained

installing roof tarp

With the preliminary work done, it’s time to actually put on the tarp. This begins by using some lumber and driving it into the roof, surrounding the damaged area. This wood is used to secure the tarp. Next, take the tarp that you’ve measured out using the numbers from before and wrap it around the wood. It needs to cover the entire damaged area from eaves to peak, with that additional 4 feet on each side.  Pull it as tight as you can before you secure that wood to the roof deck on the opposite side.

To finish the securing process, you want to add on more lumber on each edge of the tarp, screwing it into the roof deck. Naturally, creating more leaks is a concern. This is why most experts either screw directly into the roof rafters or use screws with rubber washers. Screws are preferred because ultimately, the emergency roof tarp is a temporary measure.  You want something that can be relatively easy to remove when the time comes to fixing the roof. Screws are the safest and most time-effective way to do this.

If you think this is the fit for your needs, you don’t want to waste time before getting started. At Total Care Restoration, we are here to help, with roof tarping as well as a variety of other services to get your home back to its normal state after a disaster or accident. Contact us today if you are interested in one of our suite of services, have more questions, or are looking for an estimate.

The Importances of a Emergency Roof Tarping

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When it comes to the essential components of your home, the roof is arguably one of the most important. Obviously, it keeps you, your loved ones, and your valuables protected from the elements. Even the smallest roof leak can lead to major issues. This includes potential water damage, but also higher utility bills due to requiring more power to cool/heat your space.

Unfortunately, many major instances of roof damage don’t come under the calmest of circumstances. Natural disasters and storms may leave you with a leak or hole in your roof. While you wait to get proper roof service, an emergency roof tarp can be the difference between safety and danger. Here’s what you need to know about this option.

What Does An Emergency Roof Tarping Service Do?

emergency roof tarp

emergency roof tarp

Emergency roof tarping helps homeowners and property owners minimize the spread of damage after a bit of damage to your roof. To give you an idea, many roof leaks are negligible at first. There may be a small hole in the roof, but many homeowners don’t regularly check the area to notice, and if water damage is small and kept to an obscure area, like the attic, it may go unnoticed.

However, no leak stays small. In time, the damage will grow, and you will have a larger leak. This can mean major water damage, higher utility costs to counteract the air loss in the leak, as well as potential structural risk. The main purpose of  emergency roof tarping is to keep a roof leak in that initial stage until someone can come out to properly fix it.

This is accomplished through a few different steps that take place throughout the emergency roof tarping prep/installation process.

  • Preparing for the tarp includes clearing out any debris and appraising the scale of the damage.
  • Plywood is applied to the damaged area before the tarp goes on, serving as a second line of defense in case the tarp fails.
  • Finally, the tarp is placed on top of the plywood, then secured with lumber.

Remember, the goal of an emergency roof tarp is not to “fix” a roof leak. It’s not a substitute for repair. Your home is still going to have some losses in terms of water resistance and energy efficiency until the roof is fixed. What the tarp does is slow down the spread of any potential leaks or damage until a professional can come and fix the roof properly.

The general lifespan of a roof tarp is a few months. However, some longer-lasting tarps can go as long as a year or two. Make sure to ask what type you are getting when having your tarp installed.

Why Would You Need One?

So, what are the situations where someone may need an emergency roof tarp? Natural disasters/major storms are likely the main examples. In these situations, there are likely a lot of people with damaged roofs at the same time that requires help. Check out this video on why you need one.

As a result, the local roofing companies may find themselves booked to capacity, and you may be on a waiting list. In these cases, an emergency roof tarp can help keep your property and valuables somewhat protected until one of these roofers has the availability to help you.

While this is the primary reason for emergency roof tarping, it’s not the only one. For example, if you are doing an inspection of your home prior to selling, and notice a minor leak, an emergency roof tarp may not be a bad idea. This will ensure that you don’t have to manage any other roof issues until a professional works on it.

Does one of these situations apply to you? With hurricane season coming soon, everyone should think about where they would get roof care if they required it. We are happy to fill that need at Total Care Restoration. Contact us today if you’re interested in getting emergency roof tarping or for your other roofing needs.

Shrink Wrapping Versus Roof Tarping

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Shrink Wrap A Roof

Shrink Wrap A Roof

Intro To Shrink Wrapping 

There are a variety of reasons why you may feel like you need to go that extra mile to keep your roof safe, especially in South Florida, where weather can pose a potential hazard.

Perhaps hurricane season is coming and you just want that added layer of security for your home. 

Shrink Wrap Roof In Miami

Shrink Wrap Roof In Miami

Perhaps your roof is being restored and you want to protect the work while it is being done. Or, in the worst case scenario, your roof is already damaged and you need a temporary hold-over while waiting for repairs.

A lot of people in this situation simply use a blue tarp to cover their roof, but you have other options.

Here’s how shrink wrapping a roof works and why it may be your ideal choice. 

This is a blue tarp

This is a blue tarp

Why Do I Need To Shrink Wrap?

Shrink-wrapping a roof is basically what you would expect, using a tough yet light shrink wrap installed around a roof in order to serve as a layer of protection for roofs that are either already damaged or at risk of damage from weather or other problems.

A shrink wrap is not only important to avoid roof damage, but also to stop damage to your home.

The main reason you should consider a shrink wrap is to avoid water damage to your home. The longer you let water into your home, the more damage it can create.

This damage can lead to a very expensive water damage restoration. If you find water damage in your house you should read our water damage restoration guide.

In addition, if you are in the South Florida area reach out to us for a free inspection.

Which Shrink Wrap Should I Get? 

There are a variety of different materials and brands of shrink-wrap out there, even among those designed for roofing.

Ideally, you’re going to want to get a recommendation from our restoration experts in Miami to see what brand works best for you.

Shrink-wrapped roofs are generally a series of shrink-wrapped sheets held together with a combination of clips, patch tape, and a propane gas hot air gun.

This gun is the key item here, as it is used to create “welds” between the different shrink-wrapped sheets, which leads to the actual tightening of the sheets.

Difficult Shrink Wrap Roof Example

Difficult Shrink Wrap Roof Example

Should I Try To Shrink Wrap A Roof?

Note that this isn’t the type of work that you want to try and do yourself. On top of the inherent danger of working on a roof, a proper shrink wrap roof installation will generally require scaffolding, especially for a new roof. Even with these steps, it can still be quicker to do certain shrink wrapping installations than using something like a blue tarp.

So, with all these added precautions, why go to the trouble of shrink wrapping your roof? One of the major benefits is that when it comes to using a blue tarp over a roof, you basically have to hope your roof is a good fit in order to get proper coverage.

Because of the nature of shrink-wrapping, it’s a lot easier to try and get something that fits tightly around oddly-shaped roofs, which can be essential if you have an older or custom-made home. This perfect seal/shrink wrap is going to be what keeps out rain, mold, and other undesirable things until your roof can be repaired.

This is essential when it comes to heavy storm or wind conditions, as contractors don’t have to worry about returning to different parts of the shrink wrapping to reattach things due to damage.


TCR Roof Wrap

TCR Roof Wrap Picture

Wraps Look Much Better 

If you’re working as a contractor, this also makes for a more appealing look.

This may seem like an odd trait to bring up for something like roof repair or restoration, but there are plenty of reasons that you may need a smart appearance.

For example, you may be working on a more public or high-profile project where keeping a good appearance is paramount. Shrink-wrap sheeting is far better than blue tarp at helping keep up these kinds of appearances.

There are some added bonuses as well, depending on your plans. For example, as part of your restoration process, you may need to do work inside the home before the roof is worked on.

Unlike your conventional blue tarp, there are a lot of shrink wraps out there that allow for the transmission of natural light. 

Call Us To Shrink Wrap Your Roof 

If you’re interested in getting your roof shrink-wrapped today or having any sort of work done to avoid or mitigate water damage, be sure to reach out to Total Care Restoration.

Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help protect your home.

We service Miami, Broward and the Palm Beaches.

In addition, we may be able to bill your insurance company for our services instead of making you pay.

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