Winds that drive even a small tree to hit your roof will create a huge hole that will be very hard to deal with in stormy weather. As a result, once a roofing service arrives for emergency repairs, the service will typically remove the tree, throw a tarp over the hole, and wait for normal weather to return before undertaking normal repair work. To help you with looking after an emergency tarp after a tree hits your roof and before full repairs can commence, follow these two tips.

Try To Use A Long Pole Or Stick To Remove Debris That Gets On The Tarp

If more thunderstorms and other kinds of rough weather come to your neighborhood, a lot of organic and inorganic debris like bush branches and plastic containers will fly onto your roof. While this isn't a problem when your shingles and shakes are strong enough to resist a lot of pressure, small pieces of debris coming in at high speeds can easily dig themselves into a tarp.

To get rid of this debris before it adds up and becomes heavy enough to tear the tarp from what it's fastened to, try to use a long pole or stick that can reach the debris while you're still on the ground. If the tree that hit your roof was relatively large and part of the hole is too high up on the roof to reach from the ground, use a stool or chair to increase your height.

Pull The Ends Of The Tarp Back Down If They Get Loose

If your roof is made of relatively soft shingles or shakes instead of metal, your contractor will probably affix the tarp with nails and wooden boards. The boards give weight to the nails and ensure that the tarp ends can't be teared off by anything but an absolutely furious storm.

On the other hand, if your roof is made of metal, your contractor will be forced to use either a very large tarp that can wrap over the corners of the roof or a tarp that's secured only with the help of cords looped around corner holes. Both tarp types are prone to tearing off completely in the wind if you don't address any problems with them as soon as you can.

For a tarp that's much larger than the hole it's covering, your task is relatively simple. All you have to do is stuff tarp corners that come loose back into place around the corners of your roof and reapply the nails that were holding them together.

For tarps that are secured by cords on their corner loops, find the places on your wall where the cords start. If the cords appear to be getting looser and looser with each passing day, put pieces of duct tape on cord sections near the wall to tighten them. This will straighten out the ends of the tarp that already look like they're moving a little in the wind.

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Homestead Roofing Co