Tips For Protecting Your Home From A Roof Leak

Do you have a roof that is leaking water? Will it be a few days until you can get someone out to your home to repair it? Chances are that you will want to limit the water coming into your home as much as possible, especially if it is going to rain. Here are some tips for covering that leak with a tarp

Buy The Right Materials 

There are only going to be a few materials that you need to tarp your roof. You'll need a tarp that is big enough to cover the roof leak and stretch to the other side of the roof by going over the peak. You'll also need enough 2x4 boards that can cover the perimeter of the tarp. Roofing nails or screws will also be needed to secure everything in place. 

Roughly Place The Tarp On The Roof

The next step will be to take your tarp and roughly put it in position so that it can be secured in place. The reason that the tarp needs to cover the hole and go over the peak is so that water can roll off the tarp and go down the surface of the roof. You can use some nails or screws to secure the tarp to the surface and ensure that it doesn't blow away. Don't drive them in too tight though, since you'll be removing them shortly. 

Then you will want to measure each side of the tarp on both sides of the roof, without counting the side at the peak. This should give you six measurements for the edges of the tarp.

Cut The 2x4s To The Right Lengths

Each measurement you took of the tarp will need a section of 2x4 to go with it. The edges of the tarp along the bottom of the roof should match the exact width of the tarp. However, the side measurements should be slightly shorter. You'll want to subtract the height and width of a 2x4, which is actually about 5 inches, from that measurement.

Secure The 2x4s To The Tarp

The bottom of the tarp should be secured by wrapping the tarp over the top of the 2x4 and securing it to the roof, which is why you subtracted those 5 inches. The sides should be secured by placing the 2x4s on top of the tarp along the edge. This allows water to roll off the tarp and continue down your roof, rather than being trapped behind the wood. The side pieces prevent wind from catching underneath the tarp and ripping it off the roof.

Contact a roofing company, such as JC Contracting LLC, for more information. 

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