How to Temporarily Cover a Roof

When you’re in a situation where you need a quick roofing fix, you may be wondering how to temporarily cover a roof.

If you have an un-finished roof, storm damage or a leak that has not yet been located, you will need to know how to temporarily cover a roof in a short amount of time.

If you have a leak, a temporary emergency roofing cover should be placed on your roof immediately so that your home does not incur additional damage or develop black mold.

Covering a roof will help to keep your home, and any belongings inside, dry until you’re able to contact Atlanta Roofing Guide for maintenance or repairs.

Because it’s never advisable to step directly on the roof, Atlanta Roofing Guide recommends some very simple instructions on how to temporarily cover your roof without having to walk on it.

You can, in fact, should use a ladder when covering your roof as outlined below. This may protect you from a serious fall or other mishap.

Material Needed to Cover a Roof

Tarp or Plastic Sheeting

Weather Tolerant Rope



Work Gloves

Each of the materials should be readily accessible at a local Wal-Mart, home improvement or building supply store.

Step by Step Procedures on How to Temporarily Cover a Roof

The first step to covering a roof is to measure the distance from your roof to the ground.

Now, take that number and multiply it by two.

The next thing that you will need is weather tolerant rope, which has little or no give. If available, select a rope that will withstand various weather conditions and is strong enough for securing your roof cover.

If the distance from the roof to the ground is 20ft., then you would need to use 40ft. of rope for each corner of your home.

The most popular item used to cover a roof is a tarp. These are very inexpensive and can be found in the home improvement section at almost any Wal-Mart or home and garden store like Home Depot or Lowes..

The next step will be to secure stakes into the ground and make sure that, when you are pushing them into the dirt, you leave enough room above ground to secure the rope.

Double the rope and tie it through each hole in the corner of the tarp.

Next, bring the rope down and secure it to one of the corner stakes.

Repeat this process until the tarp is secured at each corner of the house.

Note – If you have pavement, but no dirt to drive the stakes into, use large utility blocks or cinderblocks to secure your rope to the ground if you cannot use stakes.

Whatever material you choose, it should be heavy and not easily moved by wind or other inclement weather. If you are unable to find a tarp, you may use plastic to temporarily cover your roof.

Keep in mind that, now that you know how to temporarily cover a roof, this is not a permanent solution. As soon as it’s possible to begin work again, do so without delay.

If you are unable to complete the work yourself, call an Atlanta roofing contractor, we obviously recommend Atlanta Roofing Guide, for a professional evaluation. In the meantime, you will be safe now that you know how to temporarily cover a roof.

To experience the absolute best Atlanta roofing company who stands behind their work with a 100% Complete Job Satisfaction Guarantee, call Atlanta Roofing Guide.

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Gary Jordan
(678) 442-9000

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