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Old 09-21-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Tar paper ok in rain?

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My roofer ripped up the roof shingles on an existing roof for a patio addition and what's left is just the tar paper that is typically below the shingles. He is off due to family issues and won't be back until next week. We've been having a bit of rain lately and I'm concerned that the tar paper will be a problem. He said there is no issue but I have my doubts. Can Tar paper adequately protect my home for a few days until he can get back out? Should I cover it with something such as a plastic tarp?


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Old 09-21-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Can the felt be installed to keep a structure water tight for days, yes.
Did your roofer install it properly, I can not answer that.

Take a water hose and test it out before the rain comes, if you find water getting through than cover it with a tarp.


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It sounds like the tarpaper covering this is the old tar paper, correct? I wouldn't trust it in the rain, but it's not my job. It's your roofer's responsibility to try to make it water tight. Any repairs would be his problem.
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I agree, the old tarpaper (if that is what it is) will have nail holes in it

Might not let a lot of rain in.............

How much rain......light rain might be OK
It's Monday...next week as in next Monday....or late next week
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...or if the wind doesn't take it.
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Agreed. Old tar paper = be concerned, get tarps. New tar paper = It'll probably be fine for the time being. It is designed and installed to shed water.


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