How to Tarp a Roof During Hurricane Season
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How to Tarp a Roof During Hurricane Season

The event of a hurricane can cause significant amounts of damage to your home and the rest of the surrounding community. While you and your neighbors are trying to recover from the near-catastrophic event, it’s hard to think about post-storm cleanup and protection, although it’s necessary.

The first step in preventative maintenance is the roof over your head. Here’s how to tarp your roof during hurricane season.

Why Tarp Your Roof?

You take plenty of precautions in the event of a hurricane, such as boarding up your windows and doors to prevent damaging debris. Your roof, however, is not so lucky.

Roofs have no protection from the harsh winds in the event of a hurricane, so it will be the first part of your home to suffer damage. Tarping your roof prevents any further damage from taking place before you can make repairs.

Additionally, if your home’s interior is compromised, tarping the roof will give you a stable environment to dry it out. Tarping your roof gives you ample time to make arrangements for repair, as it can last around 90 days.


Here’s what you need to tarp your roof:

●        2x4 wood boards

●        Thick polyester plastic or tarp

●        Common nails or staple gun

●        Hammer

●        Ladder

●        Gloves

●        Safety glasses

●        Utility knife

Before tarping and gathering supplies, it’s best to take a look at the area you need to cover. Remember, it’s better to have too many supplies than not enough!


Start by unrolling the plastic out. Take a 2x4 board and wrap the end of the plastic around it. Staple or nail the plastic to secure it.

Roll out enough plastic or tarp to cover the width of the damage. It’s always a good idea to roll out extra just in case.

After you’ve rolled out enough plastic or tarp, cut it with a utility knife. Staple or nail the tarp or plastic to another 2x4, just like the first side.

Using a ladder, place your tarp on the damaged area with the 2x4’s stretched from end to end. Using 3 ¼ inch nails, hammer the 2x4s into the sheath of the roof to keep it in place.

Check to make sure the structure is secure after completion.

Get Professional Help With Sea Island Residential

If you can help it, it’s always best to have your tarping done by a professional. If you need assistance with tarping before your roof repair or replacement, Call on Sea Island Residential!

We can assist in all things storm damage, including securing your property and help with insurance.

Schedule an inspection online or give us a call at 843-593-3049 today!

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