Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 21
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sdgiant Very well made, great for emergencies
OVERALL: Better waterproofed than other "blue tarps" I've had. Excellent gromets. Glue sticks very well, and should withstand most winds, great for emergencies.
UTILITY: Glue will probably only stick once, but the tarp is strong enough to reuse for other purposes later if so inclined. Gromets would make tarp reusable tied down.
WATERPROOFING: Ran some basic pooling tests, held water when pulling, bending or shaking tarp. Coating is very solid.
GLUE: Not just a thin tape like layer, thick layer of very sticky glue. As long as the surface is clean, you shouldn't have any trouble getting this stuff to stick.
June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kiki Holds in place very well. Does the job!
I love this tarp because you don't have to use nails! My roof has one small spot that leaks and this tarp is going to keep things dry until the contractor comes to fix it. It has a really wide very sticky border that sticks very well. I like that it sticks all around because it seals the area off, whereas if you had to use nails, water could stll run underneath. I am not the one who went up on the roof but the man who did said it would hold well on many different types of materials. He is just as impressed as me. The material is strong and it appears that it will last so after the leak is fixed, I'm going to use it on my little backyard storage unit to keep the rain/snow out. Made in the USA which is a wonderful thing. I do recommend this tarp.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fizzie Durable, thick, cloth-like tarp
Right off the bat the feel of this tarp was more like a cloth than the standard tarp we are all use to. It is thick and you can feel its weight and durability right out of the package. A true quality product that will be protecting my cord wood this season. If you need a durable, flexible and strong tarp this one won't disappoint you!!!!
October 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sacherjj When needed, worth its price and then some
This is one of those products that makes complete sense, once you see it. To stick a tarp down, you only need to pull tight and secure the edges. This is traditionally done with nails, a new source of water leaks.
The UTARPit has a sticky adhesive band around the outside of the tarp. With adhesives, you are only as strong as the structure of the surface you are bonding to. So it needs to be fairly clean and secure. I would recommend trying to bond the top edge under your leading shingle, if possible. That will be the edge most attacked with water.
I did not have a hole to cover and tested with a few common roof covering materials (both the wood under layer and shingle top layer.) It was a better stick to a more flat and smooth surface, than the top of the shingle. But I was surprised that it stuck well enough to the shingle to be water tight. I stuck a small width of the tarp to a surface and used a massive amount of hose water flow to look for leaks.
For a water tight seal to a shingle, I needed to do what UTARPit shows in their installation video on YouTube, use a small roller. This makes it easier to tuck around shingle edges, etc. After this is done carefully, I was impressed by the water seal against shingles.
I only tested one side of my tarp, so I can use that for the bottom. This is just too handy of an emergency item not to have around. It is the first thing I'd run to Home Depot to pick up after a massive hail storm had ravaged my roof.
I could see people not being careful to clean a dirty roof prior to installation, or just not being careful, having water seepage issues. It is going to work as good as the quality of install you do.
I do not know how long it will take in the sun to break down the material, but it is supposed to be a temporary fix, so that shouldn't be a factor.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BunnyLover Great for Covering Anything
This product is excellent for covering anything. It keeps your items dry and is very durable. Definitely an asset to your home.
October 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LittleBigHart Single use.
This is a big blue plastic tarp with a strip of adhesive along the perimeter. There are 12 grommets along the perimeter as well, 4 at each corner and 2 along each side. It does not come with rope or line to feed through the grommet holes. Enclosed lit says it is made in USA and is UV treated. Can be applied to shingle, tile or concrete and the adhesive is suppose to eliminate the need for nails, bricks or sandbags to keep it in place. The directions say that once the adhesive is exposed and pressed into place, the only way to remove is by disposal of the material it's adhered to. So, this is designed for single use. I did try to peel back some of the adhesive on the tarp and I think it's possible to remove it with some work. Maybe tarp can be repurposed once it has been used for the roof. Directions do not specifically say how long tarp can be used on damaged roof effectively but says it's for emergency use. Which is what I'm saving mine for. I have a beautiful roof, 4 years old and in great shape. I also have several beautiful big old trees well within crashing distance of three sides of the house. Saving mine for the next ice storm. (Weird weather this Fall.)
October 31, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by peter sun shade extension for deck
I use this tarp as an extension of my gazebo for when the sun is setting in the west so everyone does not move there chairs east all on one side of my deck.
March 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Works just like it should.
I kept waiting for it to rain, but we are in a drought, so I put it over a damaged area of the roof we need to fix next summer, then I shot water from the hose over it for 15 minutes just to test it. It was the equivalent of a heavy downpour which would tell me if it would hold or not. I works great, and it would seem that no water leaked through. Now, we live in the desert, and it gets really windy here, so I used a few bricks to give it some extra help to stay on the roof. So far, so good.
January 9, 2014