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How to Tarp a Roof

Updated October 23, 2020

Valerie A.

By Valerie A.

Roof damage is a headache most homeowners would rather do without. What do you do when your roof leaks? We’ll show you how to tarp a roof before or after a storm.


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Roof Damage

Rain, hail, sleet or snow — the elements can be damaging to your home’s roof. As a result, cracks, punctures, broken fascia boards and missing shingles can lead to a leaky roof. Water damage can be costly, which is why it’s critical to attend to leaks as soon as possible.

The following techniques can be used to tarp a roof after a storm. If you know you have a weak spot in your roof, you can use these same techniques to tarp before a storm.

When tarping after a storm, take photos of all the damaged areas before you begin, both inside and outside, for insurance purposes.


Never climb on the roof during windy or wet conditions. Also, once your tarp is down, never walk on it as the surface can be slick.


Tarping is a temporary fix until you can have a more permanent roof repair or replacement. Call a roofing professional if you have a damaged tile or slate roof.


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