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How To Use A Florida Roof-Tarp After A Storm

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

After a hurricane or hailstorm, your roof may be damaged. In 2022, Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, and New Smyrna Beach were hit hard. Once a hurricane has passed, you must keep your roof from experiencing further damage, especially during the rainy and stormy season in Florida. At this time of the year, major storms can pop up fast and it's important to keep your roof safe from leaks. You may be stressed after such an event, but acting quickly will save your property in the long run. If it rains again and you have a roof leak, mold can grow fast.

Tarping a roof can be done immediately after a storm passes. For shingled roofing, this large tarp can go over the roof ridge, or be secured over any damaged roofing area. Most residential roofers who handle emergency roofing situations come equipped with these tarps.

Tarps that can protect your home from damage should be thick and waterproof. Covering the leaky part of your roof, when properly installed and secured, a tarp can prevent further damage. It should not come loose. Sandbags are not ideal for securing a tarp but can be used until your local roofer can arrive and anchor it securely. It really is never a good idea to get up on your own roof because you can do more damage just by walking on it.

In today's Florida insurance environment, not taking steps to limit further storm damage can result in your provider refusing to cover any roof damages.

After a severe storm like a hurricane or tropical event, look, at ground level, for the following on your roof:

  • Shingles have come loose or missing, or are on the ground.

  • There are damp water spots along the walls or ceilings.

  • Roof shingles are flapping in the wind.

  • Your roof is dented from hail.

  • You see algae or other vegetation or dark spots growing on the roof.

  • The gutters of your home are leaking or hanging off.

How Long Can You Leave a Tarp on a Roof?

Tarps typically last up to 90 days on the roof, while those constructed of thicker materials can last up to two years. Leaving a roof tarp on longer than 3 months in Florida can lead to mold growth issues due to heat and humidity. If another storm occurs you could have more leaks. However, insurance issues or scheduling a roofer can take time. If this happens, make sure a heavy, professionally fastened tarp is on your roof.

We don't recommend you get up on the roof yourself. It can be very slippery and dangerous. Get a professional roofing contractor to come out for an inspection. Triangle Roofing has the experience you can trust after a storm in Volusia, Flagler, and St. Johns counties. Contact us to assess your roof after a storm.

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