Will tar paper survive a day or two of rain??

Old 07-17-08, 09:58 AM
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Will tar paper survive a day or two of rain??

I am expanding a detached shop building by 8 feet on 2 sides, and have done the framing and sheathing myself. Have not heard from my roofer yet, and it might rain this weekend.

My question is, can I cover the new roof with tar paper myself and will it be Ok if we get some rain this weekend? I have extended the existing roofline on one side, cut back the soffit decking and am concerned about water getting down into the wall.

I could just put something over that area? I assume nailed down 5/8 decking will be ok if it gets wet? Might be some thunderstorms Sat night.

Pitch is 20 degrees (4.37) and the roof is about 11x30 on each sides, hipped at 90 degrees (if that matters)

Other option is to drag my 30' tarp up there and staple it down. We did that last Sunday night and of course it never rained..


Old 07-17-08, 10:16 AM
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Will it survive? yes. But it may also have some wrinkles in it after it gets wet. Not usually a problem, provided it was applied nice and tight to begin with. Felt paper gets rained on all the time. The main thing is putting in enough felt tabs that it doesn't blow off.
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If You Paper,nail It,and Then Tarp Over That

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