Roof tarpaulin is one of the best ways any homeowner in Calgary AB can address leaks and massive roofing damages on their roof. Truthfully, it doesn’t look as good, but it’s simple and quick to install. Furthermore, it’s effective because roofing tarp is greatly durable and will keep out leaks for as long as possible — but not as long as well-maintained and fully-functioning roofs.

However, if you’re a Calgary AB homeowner looking for an alternative solution to seal a massive roof cave-in from your attic, then you can try this alternative solution from Lazy Guy DIY. It involves using tar paper and metal flashing. If you have all the tools he has, which are not too expensive as this is a minor homeowner roof repair, you’d have a smooth repair procedure.

Surface Prepping The Damage

In order to see the extent of the damage, I did have to remove some of the shingles and tar paper.  That fist sized hole was clearly the tip of the iceberg so using my new trusty Husky Folding Utility Knife I cut away a minimal amount of the excess shingles and tar paper to assess the problem.  The key here is to take out enough to see the damage, but also not leave a huge bald patch on your roof.  Kind of like getting gum in your hair and cutting it out.  You can take your time and plan for the future or just shave your head.

Measuring Hole In Roof

While you’re up there (all about minimizing ladder trips) figure out the size for your roof patch by adding about 6″ of coverage to each side of the hole.  With a 15″ x 3″ hole, I wanted to cover an area of about 27″ x 15″.

On the Ground

So what do you need to repair the damage?  A roll of tar paper (why they don’t sell small rolls I’m not sure…), metal flashing, roofing nails, aviation snips, a hammer (you don’t really need to use an expensive Stiletto, but if you’ve got one… might as well use it) and a utility knife.  Also… begrudgingly… a pair of pants with a hammer loop if you don’t have a tool belt handy.  You know my feeling on hammer loops (Continued)

However, you might feel it’s easier to just tarp your roof instead after going through the instructions.  Tarp Hire Australia has the perfect guide to help you install your roofing tarp in just eight steps. You wouldn’t even need Calgary AB professional roofers to help you install them.

How To Tarp Your Roof

A few warnings first:

  • Do not attempt to install a roof tarp during dangerous or windy weather.
  • Call for professional help if your roof has a steep pitch, because you could fall.
  • Remember that roof tarps are slippery, even when dry…so never step on one.
  • And, as with most things in life, installing a roof tarp is easier to do with a little help from a friend.

Follow these eight easy steps to protect your home with a roof tarp:

  1. Use a sturdy ladder to access the damaged area of your roof. Make sure to wear shoes with slip-resistant soles.

  2. From the eaves of the roof, unroll part of the tarp up to the roof peak, covering the damaged area.

  3. Wrap one end of the roof tarp twice around a 2×4 wooden board that’s as long as the tarp is wide.

  4. Using a carpenter’s stapler, staple the tarp to the board that you’ve just wrapped so it’s secure. (Continued)

As both instructions have mentioned, it’s essential to have professional roofers perform your roofing repairs and replacements. If you’re looking for replacements, choose Certainteed’s affordable and long-lasting asphalt shingle roofing materials, and a Certainteed-certified roofer. No Payne Roofing is a Certainteed-certified roofer with decades of experience installing roofs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can achieve with you.