I have a wooden roof and I want to cover it with Vinyl Tarpaulin. I am further covering it with tiles to prevent damage from UV rays. Is it possible if I attach one part of Velcro with my tarpaulin(by stitching it with a vinyl piece and then welding the vinyl piece with tarpaulin) and its counterpart to my wooden roof(by nailing)? So when I lay my tarpaulin, they can be stuck together. The velcro that I have is a nylon material I guess.

Will it last long in thermal cycling? How much life can be expected from this? Can it withstand the wind load?

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    Can you anchor a tarp to your roof using Velcro, sure you can, how long will it last , it depends where you live, will it stand up to the wind load, sure if you use enough Velcro, but the amount will be dependant on your location and how much Velcro will be needed (it may be cheaper just to replace the roof) but there is not enough information to provide an answer.
    – Ed Beal
    Jul 13, 2018 at 3:52

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Four questions, but the one that's most important is the last one. The rest of the questions do not matter if the answer to the last is negative.

Hook and loop fasteners have the greatest strength in shear, forces applied in a sliding-across manner. If you had need to hang the tarp vertically on a wall and all the other aspects were solved, the fasteners might work if sufficient numbers/length/area were used.

Hook and loop fasteners are removed by applying force in tension, the stretching-away action of peeling them apart. In the case of a tarp on a roof, any appreciable wind is likely to get under the edge of the tarp and peel the fastener free. When the peeling begins, additional area is exposed to the wind, accelerating the action, allowing more peeling at a faster rate.

Using stitching to attach the fasteners is mechanically sound, but the thread used to perform the stitching is to be considered when calculating exposure life. One can have fasteners that will last for a year in the sun, but the thread can fail if it is not sun-fast.

If you are able to secure the hook and loop fastener to the very edge of the tarp, it would likely mitigate much of the peeling, as there would be a smaller area on which the wind would be acting. It would require that the entire perimeter be "enclosed" in the fastener material, or some other means of sealing out wind forces be employed.

  • Thanks Fred for your answer. Yes that might not be a sturdy solution. If the tarpaulin is somehow rolled on the sides and clamped tightly then it should work. Thanks for the detailed explanation. It was helpful :) Sep 18, 2017 at 7:13

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