Roof tarps, often referred to as “Blue Roof” because the tarps are blue, are reinforced plastic tarps designed specifically to cover a damaged roof. Covering your roof provides your home or other building with temporary protection until a permanent roof repair can be completed. Roof tarping is often used on the roofs of homes and buildings damaged by severe weather, such as a hurricane or tornado.
Why Is Roof Tarping Necessary?
Professional roof tarping is a service that provides your home with excellent temporary protection against foul weather, moisture, and infestations by vermin when your roof is damaged.
Neglecting a leaking or damaged roof will allow moisture to penetrate the interior of your home or building. Left unchecked, the infiltration of moisture can do extensive damage to structural elements, ceilings, drywall, mechanical equipment, electrical systems, and in severe cases, it can disturb the foundation. Moisture will also promote the infestation of mold. A damaged roof will also provide an access point into your home by insects and wildlife.
To achieve optimal protection, tarping a roof is an emergency repair project to be completed by a professional, rather than a DIY’er. Although some DIY’ers try to tarp it themselves, it is best done with a team of experts in roof tarping. Done professionally, it will prolong the life of the temporary repair and prevent further damage to your home or building. Contact your insurance company to find out whether the roof tarping is covered in full or in part.
Roof tarping should only be completed in a safe environment with proper safety equipment. Wet rooftops are dangerous, and tarps are slippery even when dry. Roof tarping should not be completed until the weather is calm and dry, and the conditions are suitable for safe roof access.
It must be emphasized that it is appropriate only when a roofing contractor is not available and the situation requires immediate attention to prevent further damage.
What Kind of Restoration Services Need Roof Tarping?
After severe weather devastates communities, whether tornadoes, hurricanes, or hail storms, you can probably drive around the neighborhood and see multiple roof tops covered with blue tarps. In areas where storm damage was widespread, extensive emergency roof tarping is needed to prevent further damage to the structures. In these areas, the demand for roofing contractors often becomes so great that property owners have to wait a considerable period of time for a contractor to become available for a permanent repair. It is not unusual for the roof tarping to be able to provide several months’ worth of protection.
If your roof is already leaking and you cannot have it repaired right away, you may want to have it tarped before the onset of severe weather.
When a home or building suffers fire damage, the roof is often compromised. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, roof tarping is an appropriate way to protect any part of the structure that can be repaired and restored. In these cases, the roof tarping can be done as soon as the structure has been inspected and the roof is safe enough for the tarping professionals to access it.
When a tree falls on your home or building, the damage to the roof and siding are usually very obvious. Once the tree is removed, the roof and structure will be inspected to determine the soundness of the remaining parts of the structure. Roof tarping should be put in place immediately to protect the integrity of the structure and the interior.
What Else Is Done During Roof Tarping?
Board up services are commonly needed when a home or business is damaged by severe weather, flood, fire, or vandalism. Board up services consist of cutting and installing plywood over broken windows or doorways. Emergency board up services will not only help to prevent further damage caused by weather and vandalism to the structure, it can limit your liability to intruders until permanent repairs are completed.
The cost of board-up services may be covered in full or in part by your insurance company. Make sure to contact your insurance provider. In some cases, the insurance company has one or more preferred contractors that can bill the insurance company directly and cost you nothing out of pocket.
Can I Live in My Home During Roof Tarping and Restoration Services?
The answer depends on the extent of the damage and the nature and extent of the restoration services being done.
The roof tarping process itself does not render the home unlivable. However, extreme damage to the roof and perhaps windows may render the home unsuitable to live in. Tarping and board up will not provide insulation from extreme temperatures.
Additionally, certain restoration services proceed more efficiently and safely if the home is not occupied. For example, extensive drywall and flooring repairs are best performed in a vacant home because the volume of dust and debris is significant, and if chemicals such as stains and sealers are used, they need time to dry. You should talk to your contractor about whether it’s a good idea for you to reside in your home during any necessary restoration services.
Speak to the Professionals at Monument Restoration Company
Before you hire a contractor to handle your roof tarping and restoration services, contact the experts at Monument Restoration Company. They have extensive experience helping homeowners repair damage and restoring them to the home they love.