My roof leaks! Help!


I am a 75-year-old disabled veteran and I cannot climb up there any more. Has anyone ever used a farm tarp as a roof? How did you secure it against the wind? What about the roof vents? I would love to have a metal roof, but I can't afford it.

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  • Jenn Sansalone McGrady Jenn Sansalone McGrady on Jul 15, 2018

    I never had to do this, however I am pretty positive there are federal aid programs for things like this. I did a little search and came up with this website. Take a look at them, if it is not for you, head over to google and search federal aid for roof replacements. Good Luck!

  • Bmi32050820 Bmi32050820 on Jul 15, 2018

    That would be temporary and you probably can’t secure it. Call the local va office they may can get someone to help u. Thanks for your service. God bless America.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jul 15, 2018

    Please contact various volunteer groups in your area for help! Home Depot has a foundation and also sends out volunteers. I'd think the VA support groups could help you also.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Jul 15, 2018

    Tarps aren't a solution because even if you could secure it enough to stop your leak, the tarp will trap moisture against the other parts of your roof and hold it in, potentially causing more damage.

  • Yes I would advise against that is that's only a short-term very temporary fix and he don't want it blowing off in the middle of a terrible storm

  • Kathy D Kathy D on Jul 15, 2018

    Some local roofers are willing to put a roof if you can get the materials. One around us has done it for free materials included. Habitat for Humanity has programs to fix house stuff for older folks. I am 60 and still working but at the rate I am going I will and can now use help. Hope that helps. Contact Habitat for Humanity!

    • Kathy D Kathy D on Jul 15, 2018

      I meant to include helping vets. Also I would ask at your local veterans office. If we all lived a little bit more communicably younger people should help and fix older folks homes that need help. I have worked my whole life and will be unable to retire. People should not be alone we all need a hand now and again.