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.

Signs of roof damage include debris on the roof, fallen or loose shingles, damaged or separated gutters, damaged eaves, or worse, finding moisture in your attic. If you’re still in doubt, let Sea Island Residential assess your roof’s condition and provide a free quote.

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.

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.

How to Tarp Your Roof

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 two-by-four 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.

Cut it with a utility knife after you’ve rolled out enough plastic or tarp. Staple or nail the tarp or plastic to another two-by-four – just like the first side.

Place your tarp on the damaged area using a ladder, with the two-by-fours stretched from end to end. Using three-and-a-quarter-inch nails, hammer the two-by-fours into the sheath of the roof to keep it in place.

Check to make sure the structure is secure after completion.

Find Out If You Qualify for South Carolina Safe Home

Hurricane damage can spell disaster on a family’s income, which is why the South Carolina Department of Insurance offers a grant program to financially assist families in preparing their homes to become more resistant to hurricanes.

The SC Safe Home Mitigation Grant Program can help cover the cost of increasing your property’s hurricane and wind damage resistance. You can also learn in our related blog if you qualify for South Carolina’s Safe Home Roof Replacement Program.

What Should You Do If Hurricane Damage Happens?

Living along the coast means you are probably familiar with hurricane season, and it's likely you already know what to do. You should never underestimate a hurricane and its possible wrath along its perilous journey. Here are some handy tips on what to do after a hurricane damages your home:

●        Keep a list of important numbers–relatives, neighbors, utilities, and insurance companies.

●        Contact your insurance company. Keep in mind there may be limitations to your insurance coverage, so it’s important to maximize your storm damage claim after a hurricane.

●        Do take pictures of the damage!

●        Do not clean up flooded or damaged areas until you have verbal consent from your insurance company authorizing you or a cleaning service to do so.

●        Tarp your roof. Rain may still be in the forecast, so do not leave a roof further exposed.

More Tips to Prep Your Coastal Home for Hurricanes

It’s fair to say that tarping your roof is the most important task if your roof suffers damage. With that being said, be sure you are proactive and have all the materials needed to tarp the roof and prepare your coastal home for hurricane season.

●        Trim overhanging branches that might potentially damage your home’s exterior.

●        Prepare gutters by making sure they are adequately secure and free from debris.

●        Board up windows. If your windows are older than 15-20 years, it may be time to update them before hurricane season even starts. Hurricane forces are deterred with new impact-resistant windows eliminating extra boarding.

●        Check attic insulation. You’ll need to add more if it sits level or below the joists.

●        Check wall insulation. It may be time to assess your insulation and install spray foam upgrades!

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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