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Is a Tarp Effective for Protecting Your Home After a Hurricane?

Is a Tarp Effective for Protecting Your Home After a Hurricane? Thursday, October 08, 2020

Is a Tarp Effective for Protecting Your Home After a Hurricane?

Roofs are the most susceptible area of a home or commercial property that could be damaged during a hurricane. The extend of the damage will depend on the severity of the storm, but some of the most common roof damage we see includes:

  • Cracked, detached, or torn shingles
  • Leaks in the roof
  • Tears in the underlying roof deck

To protect the roof of your Wesley Chapel, Plant City, or Lakeland property from further damage, it's recommended that a tarp be used to cover the exposed areas of the roof until repairs can be completed. Installing a tarp is a temporary safety measure, but it's important to know why one should be used when dealing with Florida's hurricane season.


Tarps will help prevent your roof from being further damaged by excess wind and water.

Blue tarp applied to a home's damaged roof in Wesley Chapel, FL.

If Florida were unlucky enough to get hit with a follow-up storm, it could potentially worsen the damage your roof may have already sustained from the first storm. A tarp can prevent the damaged areas from being affected by excess water and wind, while also keeping water from leaking into your home.

A tarp installation can protect your roof up to 90 days until a professional team of contractors can make repairs.


Certain tarps are more heavy-duty and can be resistant to mold and mildew.

Assessing how bad the damage is to your roof is important when choosing a style of tarp that can best protect your roof. Tarps can be heavy or lightweight depending on the type of job they are being used for, but heavy-duty is best for areas that experience fast winds and frequent storms. Some tarps also claim to be mildew and rot-resistant, which can help prevent mold from growing due to all the moisture that seeped into the roof.

The right tarp helps keep your home cool and protected from UV rays.

With Florida being the "sunshine state," it's especially important to help shield your roof and property from sun damage and ensure your tarp has a longer lifespan without being degraded by the sun. Most tarps are UV treated to protect them from sun damage, but it's important to double-check before installing one.

The color of a tarp is also important! While blue is the color most often seen and is known for its durability and affordability, black tarps absorb heat easier and are designed to withstand extended outdoor exposure. This can help keep certain parts of your house cool in the morning and warm at night!


Professional tarp installation services are safe, inexpensive, and easy!

Roof tarping services at a home in Plant City, FL.

It's important to know that roof tarps are not a long-term solution. Because Florida storms are so common, the tarps will eventually begin to show signs of wear and tear. Debris and fallen tree branches can also puncture the tarp and cause additional damage to your roof and property. That's why it's important to replace the tarp when necessary until all needed roof repairs are completed.

Professional tarp installation services are an inexpensive and safe way to protect you, your property, and of course your roof, from allowing any structural damage to get worse- without needing to put yourself in harm's way. Some DIY-ers attempt to do it themselves, but working on a roof, especially a structurally damaged one, is dangerous even in the best conditions, and more so if you aren't a professional.

True Roofers roof installation service team is experienced and knows all the proper safety steps and precautions to take so the job is done right the first time.


Keep your roof safe from further damage by hiring a professional tarp installation team!

If there's something preventing you from being able to repair your damaged roof right away, then a tarp is absolutely necessary to protect the rest of your roof.

Let our team at True Roofers handle the roof tarp installation for your home or commercial property in Wesley Chapel, Plant City, and surrounding areas so you can stay safe and keep the rest of your roof in stable condition! Call 863-800-1800 to learn more!

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