After your roof is damaged by a tornado, hurricane, falling tree limbs, massive storm, or roof fire, contact your insurance company to report the damage. The sooner, the better. Don’t forget to take lots of photos of the damage.
When your roof gets damaged, your first consideration should be to prevent water damage. Your insurance company should share your concerns as they are liable for all water damage after you report the problem. It might take several weeks or even months to repair the damage. In the meantime, a roof tarp can be installed over the damaged roof.
If a tarp is installed correctly, then it would not only limit further water damage, but it will help your family return to life as usual. You need to take preemptive action to protect your belongings while your insurance company and your contractor gets around to fixing your roof. Follow the following steps to install a roof tarp correctly:
1) The tools you need to install a tarp are a) a ladder, b) a cordless drill, c) a knife, and d) a saw.
2) The supplies you need include:
a) A Tarp that is going to cover the damaged portion by 3’ on each side. The ridge, as well as the bottom, must be covered. The thicker the tarp, the better. It will last longer and not have to be replaced as often in case the repairs are delayed. A tarp with UV inhibitars would also be helpful to help the tarp last.
b) In case you can access the Blue Tarps FEMA guide, read them.
c) 1×3 or 1×4 boards are needed to help down the tarp’s perimeter. A box of two to three-inch deck screws.
d) Get a number of galvanized washers. They will be helpful to increase the hold down for the screws.
e) A sheet or partial sheet of 3/8 plywood. You will use the plywood to cover all punctured areas.
1. 2. Cut the plywood to cover any holes in the roof. Screw down the plywood every 6” to 12” into the roof sheathing (preferably into trusses).
2. Unroll the tarp over the damaged roof. Make sure it can be attached at least 3 inches beyond the damage. Cover the roof edges near the damage. Making sure it doesn’t blow away in a mild breeze. Hold it in place with something heavy like your box of screws.
3. Roll the sides of the tarp into the 1×3 or 1×4 boards. After you roll each side, screw down that edge. You can use the washers to hold down the edge of the tarp more effectively. Make sure that the tarp is pulled tight before you screw a side down.
It is always better to call Pulido Cleaning and Restoration. Most clients do not take the time to ensure that their roof is water-tight while tarping their roof. Also, tarping is not a long-term solution. Call Pulido at (951) 296.9090 for roof tarping to ensure that the job is completed safely.
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