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RoofRat

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Now sure if this was mentioned or brought up before but how do you guys feel about using pool tarps on the job? We recently started using them in place of roof tarps to save money. We get the rectangle ones as well so they fit nicely. They are obviously cheaper and I swear they feel the same. 
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Oh yea we do that too. We get scrapped ones as well. Ones that have been used but don't have tears. The only issue is that if they start to get sun spots, you will want to patch it or pitch it because it will start to crack. 
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Oh yea we do that too. We get scrapped ones as well. Ones that have been used but don't have tears. The only issue is that if they start to get sun spots, you will want to patch it or pitch it because it will start to crack. 


I actually heard this was one of the worst things you can do, using them used. This is because of the chlorine. Once that is on them and no moisture touched them, the sun splits and cracks the material. 
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I am honestly not sure what the difference is between the two. I though they were the same thing. lol 
Maybe that is me showing my inexperience but I really never thought about it before. I will have to ask the guys I work with.
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The work just as good. I never had an issue with them ripping or tearing. I know we use like 3 different kinds and one is clearly a pool tarp. We have 4 or 5 of those and the rest are either roof tarps or garden tarps. The ones that you line ponds with I believe. 
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The work just as good. I never had an issue with them ripping or tearing. I know we use like 3 different kinds and one is clearly a pool tarp. We have 4 or 5 of those and the rest are either roof tarps or garden tarps. The ones that you line ponds with I believe. 


We use a mix here as well. Typically for large coverings we use the roof tarps since they are cut to size but the pool and garden tarps are great for sections and garages. 
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I don't see the harm in it. We do it too. It is somehow cheaper for the same thing, you only pay for the shape really. Most of the time a pool one gets the job done just fine. 
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I always called a tarp a tarp. If we used pool ones or not, I wouldn't know the difference. We tend to just roll them out to catch shingles and debris when doing a tear-off.   
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We use all kinds of tarps really. Sure there are the ones meant to protect an open roof, you don't want to really use pool tarps in the place of those because they can be fastened to the house but if you are just covering an area or collecting debris then it is no big deal. 
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Never heard of using pool tarps on the house but to catch debris and to keep the home owner's yard and garden areas protected, sure. 
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