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How to Properly Tarp Your Roof After The Tornado in Temple, TX

The tornado that touched down this week wreaked havoc on our community, leaving numerous roofs exposed and vulnerable to further damage. If you’re in Temple, TX, and had shingles ripped off your roof, it’s crucial to take immediate action to protect your home from water damage and other elements. Properly tarping your roof is a temporary but essential measure until professional roofers can make permanent repairs. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly tarp your roof after a tornado.

1. Ensure Safety First

Before you start, assess the damage from the ground or a ladder with binoculars if necessary. Use caution when climbing onto your roof; wear sturdy shoes and consider using a safety harness if you have one. The most common way homeowners injure themselves is by falling off a ladder. If your roof is 2-Story or Steep, I don’t recommend a homeowner attempt this themselves. Give ROAM Roof & Solar a call and we would be happy to take care of it for you.

2. Gather Necessary Supplies

You’ll need the following materials:

  • A large, heavy-duty tarp (preferably UV resistant) or a roll of synthetic underlayment.
  • Roofing nails or screws
  • 2×2 or 1×4 wooden planks or battens
  • A hammer or screw gun
  • A utility knife
  • Ladder
  • Good quality shoes that grip well (think skateboard shoes)
  • Safety gloves and goggles

3. Document the damages before you cover them

Your insurance adjuster will need to be able to evaluate the damage to your roof, and this can be very difficult once everything is covered up. Ensure that you take lots of photos of the damage prior to covering it up with a tarp. Doing this will avoid unnecessary delays in getting coverage for your roof. 

4. Lay Out the Tarp

Unroll the tarp over the damaged section of the roof. Ensure that it covers the entire area and extends past the edges of the damage. Position the tarp so that it overlaps the ridge of the roof if possible, providing a better seal against the elements. If this is not possible, you will want to break the adhesive seal on the course of shingles directly above the damaged area and tuck the tarp under those shingles.

5. Secure the tarp

Place your wooden planks along the edges of the tarp. Roll the edge of the tarp around the boards to create a secure anchor. Nail or screw the 2x4s to the roof, ensuring that the tarp is pulled tight. This prevents the wind from catching the tarp and causing it to lift. If you are using synthetic underlayment, you can secure it using cap nails. In areas prone to high winds, battens can be helpful. Just be sure to orient your battens up and down the slope of the roof so as to allow water to shed properly – creating a water dam with a board can and will lead to leaks.

6. Add Additional Fastening

For added security, nail or screw through the tarp along its perimeter, placing fasteners every 6-12”. This helps to keep the tarp snug against the roof and prevents it from flapping in the wind.

7. Check for Leaks

Once the tarp is in place, go inside your home and check for any leaks. If you find any areas where water is seeping through, use additional fasteners to secure the tarp more tightly or consider adding another layer of tarp for extra protection.

8. Contact Professional Roofers

Keep in mind, a tarp is only a temporary solution. Also, it is not something that should be taken lightly. This type of job can be very dangerous, and even deadly. If you are ever unsure about your ability to do this yourself, just stop and contact professional roofers like ROAM Roof & Solar. Your insurance will cover the costs associated with emergency tarping, so there is absolutely no reason to risk your life attempting a DIY tarp job. Our Roofing Specialists will assess and document the damage to your home, and help you navigate the claims process.

Why Choose Local Roofers in Temple, TX?

ROAM Roof & Solar in Temple, TX, understands the specific challenges that homeowners face in this region, including the frequent severe weather. We can provide prompt and reliable service, ensuring that your roof is repaired quickly and efficiently. Additionally, choosing local professionals supports the community and ensures compliance with local building codes and standards. Did you know that 1 in 10 homeowners in America has been scammed by a contractor? Don’t be the next statistic! Even if you don’t use ROAM Roof & Solar, there are several other reputable roofing companies in our area that can help.

Pitfalls to Avoid

In today’s world, it has never been easier for a company to deceive you into thinking they are a reputable company. Fancy websites, business cards and newly purchased local numbers are all tactics used by storm chasers to trick you into thinking you are working with a local company. Unfortunately for most homeowners, by the time they realize they got swindled, it is too late. Many of these companies will have already left town to chase the next storm, never to be seen again. 

Final Words of Wisdom on Choosing the Right Contractor

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I would like to leave you with one last note to consider when choosing the right contractor for your roofing project. In our industry there are 3 types of contractors:

  1. Professionals – People that are not only passionate about serving their community, but are committed to knowing everything there is to know about roofing excellence. These guys understand every component of your roofing system inside and out. They know the “why”, and not just the “what”. They can answer technical questions about your roof, ventilation and offer important insights into the claims process. These professionals will do what’s right, follow local building codes, file appropriate permits, and will not be willing to commit insurance fraud. They will have their own general liability and workmen’s comp insurance, and will likely have industry certifications and accolades. For instance, ROAM Roof & Solar is a GAF MasterElite Contractor, a TAMKO MasterCraft Pro Contractor, the only FORTIFIED Certified Roofing Contractor in Central Texas, members of the National Roofing Contractors Association, Roofing Contractors Association of Texas, Central Texas Roofing Contractors Association, members of all the local chambers of commerce, etc. Unfortunately, Professional Roofers are a rare breed these days – comprising perhaps the top 20% of roofers in the industry. 
  2. Predators – These are the professional conmen. They look for opportunities to take advantage of storm affected areas. These guys use your heightened emotional state to sell you a bag of goods, and then disappear after the storm like a thief in the night. They prey on the innocent, take advantage of the elderly, steal from homeowners and contractors alike. These folks are the scum that gives our industry a bad name. They roll into town, go door to door, target you on social media, put hundreds of signs all over town to make it seem like your neighbors are using them… but these are all just tactics. They know what they are doing, and unfortunately, they are good at it. They will rip you off, and make you feel good about it. Remember, the wolf and the sheepdog appear to be the same to the sheep, but they have very different intentions. This group is only the bottom 10% of our industry, but they sure do leave a wake of trouble in their path.
  3. Pretenders – These guys generally mean well, but in reality most of them are simply opportunists that typically know just enough to convince a homeowner they are legit. They get introduced to the roofing industry somehow, maybe a friend or family member… get a couple hours of training via youtube or ride-along, get handed a box of business cards, a branded shirt and hat, then get released into the community. These are also the opportunistic guys that just see the massive amount of demand and decide to start a roofing company the day after a hailstorm. This is the average 1099 independent contractor salesman at a roofing company, and unfortunately they make up the middle 70% of roofers in our industry. Most are poorly trained, and won’t be in the industry for more than a couple of years. They usually believe that they are doing good, so it’s hard not to like these guys, but their ignorance of roofing is the reason why 9 out of 10 homes in Texas are improperly ventilated. These guys install a substandard product, deliver an inconsistent customer experience, and despite their good intentions, end up doing more harm than good.

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