A good temporary solution is to tarp any damaged areas that are allowing water to leak into your home. When done correctly, tarping can offer protection for up to a few weeks.

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As always, it’s safety first.

  • Watch for downed overhead power lines and treat them as live. If you’re running an emergency generator, be aware that they can energize lines that are not actively receiving power from the regular source or grid.
  • Never go up on your roof when it’s raining, snowing or in high wind.
  • Always wear work gloves and safety goggles.
  • Never walk on a tarped roof area. Tarps are very slippery even when dry and the roof they’re covering may have been weakened enough that your weight may cause you to fall through.

How to Tarp Your Roof:

  • Find the source of the leak(s).
  • Make sure you use a tarp that’s large enough to cover the damaged area with enough material left over to extend at least four feet over the ridge.
  • Lay the tarp flat over the damaged area and extend one edge a minimum of four feet over the ridge.
  • Vertically lay several 1x2s or 2x4s on the tarp to weigh it down and nail the boards to the roof deck, through the tarp.

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Here’s what to ask a contractor.

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