Tarps, Canvas Canopy Shelters For Hurricane Protection
Hurricane season is near and again the forecast is calling for the potential for several severe and catastrophic storms in the Caribbean and Gulf and along the Eastern US seaboard. If anything is certain, it is that the weather is uncertain but the peripheral damage from recent storms like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita have shown that not being prepared can be the difference between salvageable and junk.
While some severe weather events cannot be defended, there are a number of ways in which a simple, heavy duty poly tarp can be used to protect anything from equipment and seed stores to livestock and trucks during heavy rain and wind. Even if you are not at the center of a major storm system you could be at risk to high winds and flash rain fall that could easily lead to a branch falling though a windshield or a gust tearing off valuable topsoil and seed. Strong, often volatile winds stir during severe weather and it is such gusting that often causes freak damage to very valuable outdoor possessions.
Canvas poly tarps are effective in storms because, though strong and water-resistant, they have a flexibility that allows for enough give on the sturdy bungee cords to not get ripped apart. Like the reed and the oak, it’s better to give a little in strong hurricane winds than an oak tree hurtling across the grounds. Canvas poly tarps can be quickly and easily assembled and are lightweight, so they travel well. Even large size tarps unroll with ease and can quickly cover large fields and baseball infields in minutes. While no one can honestly predict the weather, you know hurricane season is coming, so be prepared by securing your outdoor assets and valuables with strong, durably canvas poly tarps.
For a hurricane, one of the most popular tarps is a blue tarp. Although medium-duty, these polyethylene hurricane tarps serve as temporary protection in case of any damage done to a roof. When attached properly, a blue hurricane tarp can keep out water and protect the interior of a home from experiencing further damage. While these hurricane tarps are given out to residents of many hurricane-area towns during the season, having your own supply is also helpful, especially as a roof can be damaged in more than one place. In addition, in case a window shatters during a hurricane, one of these blue tarps can also be used temporarily in place of glass.
While some hurricane tarps are advertised as being self-adhesive, the most effective method for attaching a hurricane tarp is with boards and nails. This is done by wrapping one edge of the hurricane tarp around a two-by-four board and hammering it to your roof on one side of the damage. The tarp is then stretched over the damaged spot and, with another board wrapped around the opposite end, attached to the other side of the damage. The two remaining edges of the hurricane tarp are boarded and nailed down for all-around coverage and sturdiness. This method of tarping a roof with a hurricane time allows for immediate protection, but a contractor should be contacted in a ninety-day period to assess the damage and fix the roof.
Although hurricane tarps offer the best temporary protection for a damaged roof, whoever applies the tarp to a roof should not stand on the roof directly. Instead, standing on a ladder to apply and hammer into place a hurricane tarp is advised to prevent any falls from happening.