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.

Atlanta Hail Damage is our Specialty

Call now for your FREE Roof Inspection

Gary Jordan
(678) 442-9000

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Atlanta Roofing Project Customer Checklist

Atlanta Roofing Guide wants your new roof installation to be as smooth and hassle free as possible. Here is a Roofing Project Checklist to help make your experience a great one.

Before Construction Begins:

– To accept Atlanta Roofing Guide’s contract / proposal you may call, email, or fax confirmation of your acceptance of the Contract/Proposal.

– Upon your acceptance of the Contract/Proposal, roofing material color and additional options will be selected.

– Atlanta Roofing Guide will contact you to schedule your roof project and discuss delivery of the roofing materials and disposal container. PLEASE NOTE: The container and roofing material may obstruct your driveway. We suggest you park your vehicles outside the driveway until the project is complete and the container is removed.

Then you will…

– Remove wall hangings and breakable objects from shelves, as they could fall due to vibrations caused by hammering.

– Confine pets indoors or restrain away from house.

– Cover pools and spas.

– Bring outdoor potted plants indoors or move a safe distance away.

– Park vehicles a safe distance from the house.

– Disarm burglar alarm, as vibrations may activate it.

– Move outdoor lawn furniture to a safe area of lawn.

– Please do not run sprinklers the night before, or during installation.

– Cover objects in attic and garage, if it has no ceiling.

– When shingles are delivered to your home, please check and verify color.

– We will need access to your driveway to load shingles and clean up, please keep your driveway clear.

During Construction:

– The roofing crew will need to be provided with a source of electricity and water.

– There will be nails and debris around the house and driveway. Please walk carefully and do not drive on driveway.

– When entering or leaving your home, exercise caution. Debris and other objects may fall from the roof.

– Please keep pets and children away from the work area.

– On wood roof tear off please expect small amounts of dirt, dust, and shingle debris to fall into your attic space. You may choose to cover boxes or valuables with plastic or sheets. Roofing crews do not clean up attic debris.

– For each day it threatens rain or snow work on your roof will be delayed. Roofers on the job are instructed not to tear off more shingles than they can replace or dry-in with felt in one day.

– Your roofing contractor is not responsible for nail pops in ceiling sheet-rock and damage to hidden AC or electrical lines that are too close to the substrate since they would not have been installed per building code.

– Your roofing contractor is not responsible for HVAC pipes that come loose or disconnected from units or water heaters due to improper installation by HVAC or plumbing contractors.

After Construction:

– Check to make sure all gates are closed before letting pets outside.

– Watch for overlooked nails. Nails that fall from the roof during the job will be picked up with a magnetic nail roller. Your roofing contractor will make every effort to pick up all nails. Please be advised that a few nails hidden in the grass, rocks or shrubbery may remain.

– Please leave permits posted until the city performs final inspection, if applicable.

– Check furnace and hot water vents to insure that they are connected at the units, as they may loose or disconnected when the new vents are installed.

Please call your Atlanta Roofing Specialist at Atlanta Roofing Guide if you have any questions at all about your roofing job.

Bill Jordan

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Atlanta Roofing Guide for Dummies

Tips for When You Replace Your Roof

Lesson #1 – Research Your Contractor

Find out as much information as you can before you sign a contract with a roofing company. It is extremely important that you verify that the company has General Liability Insurance and that the policy is active as well as legitimate. You can easily research roofing companies by visiting the website of the Better Business Bureau.

Next, ask the roofing company for a list of references and take the time to call them! Finally, make sure you share this information with family, friends, neighbors and most importantly our senior citizens.

Lesson #2 – Estimates for Your Roofing Job

Please understand that it is not necessary to get three bids to replace your roof when one will do.

Sometimes the insurance industry uses this tactic to a) save them money by making you find the lowest bidder and/or b) give homeowners an “activity” until the insurance adjuster can show up.

The insurance is responsible for paying the appropriate market rate for a quality roofing job in your area.

Atlanta Roofing Guide understands your time is valuable and waiting around for multiple contractors can be a waste of your time. We will handle your insurance claim process for you from start to finish.

Lesson #3 – Keep Your Cash Until the Right Time

Do not make an initial payment to a roofer until you have materials in your driveway, unless you are using a special order product such as slate, tile, metal or other non-stocking product that has a no return policy.

Most importantly, do not make a final payment to your contractor until all work is completed.

Lesson #4 – Know Your Rights

“Will my insurance company cancel or raise my premium payments if I turn in a roof damage claim?”


Insurance companies may not punish a homeowner for acts of God/Mother Nature. Homeowners do not have the option of moving their home out of the path of a hurricane or hail storm. Insurance premiums fluctuate regularly, so even if you do not turn in a claim, your premiums may go up anyway.

Lesson #5 – Insurance Claim Assistance

“My insurance company will not pay for my roof replacement. What can I do?”

Part of a roofing company’s job should be to offer the homeowner claims assistance and work directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Make sure the company you choose has expertise in this area and can help you enforce your rights. We do and we want to help you!

Lesson #6 – Complete Roof Inspections

Are you buying or selling a home?

If so, please remember that licensed home inspectors are not qualified to assess storm damage on roof tops. We have witnessed many instances where a buyer or seller has had to pay thousands of dollars out of their own pockets because an inspector made a mistake.

The solution is simply to hire an expert Atlanta roofing specialist to give you a detailed inspection of your roof.

Lesson #7 – Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

Make sure you take the time to ask questions. Be informed about all details of your roofing project.

Got Questions?

The friendly folks at Atlanta Roofing Guide would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about your roof.

Atlanta Roofing Guide is a Full Service Residential and Commercial Roofing Contractor.

We specialize in Full Roof Replacements, Insurance Claims, Rain Gutters, and Skylights.

Call Your Local Atlanta Roof Guide Consultant Today!

We’re happy to assist you with all aspects of your roofing project.

Call –Bill Jordan  (770)-406-7949

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How to Choose an Atlanta Roofing Contractor

Atlanta Roofing Contractor

How to Choose an Atlanta Roofing Contractor

Atlanta residential roofing projects generally begin by getting an estimate for the cost of your new roof. Estimates can be provided by a helpful neighbor, a handy relative or licensed roofing professional. At Atlanta Roofing Guide, we offer written “bids” daily for all types of home repair, including roof repair and replacement. This is standard practice in our industry and helps to insure that you are getting “The Best Bang for Your Buck”

We need to point out that Atlanta Roofing insurance claims are different, and should be handled differently, from a remodeling project that may involve a roof replacement.

If you read nothing else in this article, be sure to READ THIS…

Your number one job when you need a new roof is to choose a qualified Atlanta roofing contractor who is licensed, insured and experienced.

After that, your work is done, and the process becomes simplified.

When you’re shopping for a new roof with an insurance claim, the insurance adjuster is the only person whose estimate really matters if you don’t want to run the risk of coming out of your pocket for a large portion of the cost of your new roof.

Here’s how it works –

A hailstorm, windstorm, or tornado generally causes major damage to roofs, siding, gutters, and more

Your insurance company will send an adjuster out to inspect the damage to your roof caused by the catastrophic event (hail damage, wind damage, storm damage, etc…)..

They are required to document the damage and calculate a fair price for the repairs.

The insurance adjuster sets the price for the work to be preformed based on “fair market value.”

Many adjusters are fair and are willing to pay for damage to your home.

Some adjusters that are inexperienced or part-time are called to duty in the wake of a big storm.

They may deny a claim or underestimate costs due to a lack of experience and/or knowledge.

Make sure that you understand that the insurance company’s adjuster is looking to obtain the lowest estimate possible to satisfy your claim for the damage to your home and to pay out the least amount possible.

Your insurance company may then request that you obtain several estimates to repair or replace your storm damage.

YOU need to be represented by your own expert Atlanta Roofing Contractor specialist.

Atlanta Roofing Guide has partnered with Haag Engineering Certified Roof Inspectors and will represent you for FREE to help you get the best insurance settlement possible for your hail, wind or storm damaged roof and replace your roof with the highest standards of excellence.

We are licensed and trained Atlanta roofing specialists with Property Insurance expertise.

It is our job to assess the damage to your roof and home in its entirety and provide you with a thorough damage report with our quote. Most insurance adjusters are happy to work with us. Sometimes your insurer will want more estimates hoping that one of those will be lower in turn saving the insurance company money and costing you the quality job that you deserve.

You have the right to choose your Atlanta Roofing Contractor.

Atlanta Roofing Guide will work for the insurance proceeds set by your insurance company.

Here’s how the insurance settlement usually works…

If the insurance adjuster evaluates your home and agrees with a contractor on a price, a check will be written to you for 70% of the total cost.

30% depreciation of the total claim is held back until the project is complete.

Once the job is finished, your adjuster will only release the remaining 30% after receiving a FINAL INVOICE from the hired contractor as shown in the contract.

This is done to insure that you do not hire an Atlanta roofing contractor with a lower bid and try to pocket the difference you saved. So, if you had hired a lower priced roofing contractor, then the insurer will not send you any more money!

As a result, you have saved the insurance company money, and most likely received a lower quality of workmanship, leading to future roof problems that will not be covered by your insurance.

Like we said earlier, in the end, the adjuster is the only person who does an estimate that really matters on an insurance claim.

Therefore, it is crucial that we be present to represent you when they make their estimate so nothing is missed and all damage is accounted for.

As you can see, there is no need for you to get multiple estimates for your roofing replacement, IF you choose the right Atlanta roofing specialist in the beginning.

Call Atlanta Roofing Guide and choose the best Atlanta Roofing Contractor and let us work for you to get you the best new roof possible with no out of pocket expense to you.

Call now… For the BEST Atlanta Roofing Contractor

Bill Jordan

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