NOTE: Even the best installed roof tarps are fallible and temporary. In fact, in situations where high winds persists it is entirely possible that the tarp will have to be re-established to continue keeping water out of the home/business. Moreover, they will never be a 100% solution for any length of time and should be constantly monitored for compromise.
Roofs can easily be damaged from heavy storms, winds, tree branches, hail and improper installation. If any of these events or combination thereof happen to you and there is a need for a temporary solution, a roof tarp is a great option and is often the only option until the damage can be fully assessed. Also keep in mind that water damage can occur inside the home or business during the event.
However, and as duly noted roof tarps and board-ups are ONLY a temporary solution. Roof tarps and/or board-ups are not recommended as a permanent fix to a damaged roof. Tarps will have a shorter lifespan than that of a board-up and should be remedied as quickly as possible with a permanent solution. Board-ups, on the other hand, can last longer but are still considered temporary in nature.
A good restoration company can make sure your restoration is done right and that you're out of pocket damage liability is kept to a minimum. We've helped numerous home and business owners and they and their insurance company always appreciate our surgical approach to restoration!