Emergency Roofing: How Long Should A Tarp Last You?


Your roof may sustain severe damage as a result of a severe storm. To protect your home from further damage, you’ll need emergency roofing repairs. Water infiltration, mold, mildew, ruined belongings, and illness are all consequences of major roofing damage. Typically, emergency roofing begins with a tarp. A tarp is a large sheet of plastic or rubberized fabric that is used to keep water out temporarily. For Emergency Roof Repair Tarp in Palm Beach County, it’s advisable to rely on the experts like ASAP Restoration LLC.

Not for Amateurs

Even in the best of circumstances, your home’s roof is not for amateurs. The risk of injury increases dramatically after a storm. Before we get into tarping, one thing is clear: stay off your roof! Let Commercial Restoration Services in Hollywood, FL help you out with roof tarping.

Tarps are a quick fix used immediately after a storm. A single large tarp, thrown over any type of roof, but especially useful over shingle roofing, will ride up and over the roof ridge, helping to shed water.

Most residential roofers who handle emergency roofing calls have these massive tarps on hand. The damaged roof beneath is preserved because a single, waterproof sheet runs seamlessly across the entire roof. Water enters your gutters. No new damage can occur until the necessary repairs are completed, though existing damage is unaffected.

Installation Techniques

Following a storm, two types of tarps are typically installed:

  • A temporary tarp is thrown over your home’s roof literally as the last raindrops fall and are anchored to your roof only along the bottom and side edges. Water does not enter your home because there are no nail holes through the expanse or ridge. Wind uplift can be avoided by using furring strips or weighted sandbags.
  • Long-term tarps may be required while insurance issues, scheduling, or contract terms are resolved. In this case, a larger, more securely fastened tarp will serve as a roof replacement.

How long should a tarp be left on a roof? As long as it takes to complete the necessary roof repairs!

Temporary tarping will last for a few months.

If necessary, a long-term tarp installation could last one to two years.

With only a tarp on the roof, your home cannot be energy efficient, completely water-resistant, or comfortable. Tarping, on the other hand, gives you and your local roofer some breathing room. With the help of the home safe, you, your insurance adjuster, and your roofer can collaborate to find a long-term solution to roof damage.

We are prepared to provide emergency roofing repairs, tarp your home, and find long-term solutions to your roofing problems. For more information fill out our contact us form and schedule a consultation at 888.307.1776.