Learn to tarp a leak in the skylight

The causes of the leaks in skylights are usually an object falling on them or hard weather conditions. If you don’t have the time to repair the skylight and you need to stop the leaking fast, you can use the temporary solution, to tarp it.


Grab a piece of tarp onto the roof with you. Go near the skylight and unwrap the tarp at a size equal with the width of the skylight plus another 4 feet extra. Now you have to hang the tarp by its top edge to the peak of the roof. This way all the rain water will be redirected on the tarp and if you install it correctly inside the eaves.

2. Measure the width of the skylight and cut a 2-by-4 inch board that is 2 feet longer than that width. Now take the board and place it under the tarp so that you fold the board with it. When you are done secure the board with roofing nails onto the roof.

3. Now make a replica of the first board and nail the two together by placing this new one over the tarp one. Insert nails every 6 inches and all the way into the roof.

4. For the next step you have to secure the tarp below the skylight by placing two boards just under its base. Use the eaves or fascia as tarp holders.

5. To secure the tarp completely surround it with more 2-by-4 boards on the sides.

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