Better photos to follow later but I wanted to test posting from my phone. As the title says the wind here sucks today. The front half of our carport tarp has been destroyed…it’s actually gotten worse since I snapped this photo and is now torn all the way to the very top – right through the double stitched anti-rip sections 🙁
I kind of knew it was going to happen. I was never very happy with the choice of material the previous owner used for the carport, he claims it was UV rated but it’s only a few years old and already it’s badly faded and I could tell it was getting weak. In fact just yesterday I was looking at some tears that had started around the grommets in it so I knew it wouldn’t be lasting forever.
I’d like to go out and take it down before it gets any worse…but with 45MPH gusts predicted (Though I think they’re bigger based on how much our trees are swaying!) I don’t think it would be a wise idea for me to go outside and play with a large sail in high winds on top of a ladder. Since it’s a total loss at this point anyway I’ll just let the wind have it’s way and start thinking about how to deal with it.
I’d love to make something that could be rolled back for occasions where we want some sun…or when the wind gets like this 😀 But for now I’m just hoping we can find something we can afford as a replacement. I’m hoping my old boss Gwyn at Racecraft can help me get some vinyl impregnated awning fabric like she uses and help me sew it up to be the right size. Going to have to make some phone calls this week it looks like!
Don’t forget to check on homeowner’s insurance to see if it’s a covered loss.
I don’t know how I caught your virus 2000 miles away other than the internet…
Sorry about the tarp-hope everything else stays so I can see the property in person!
Chances are a new tarp will be less than our deductible on the homeowners…but if it isn’t I’ve already though to look into that.
Oh and mom, you’re not the only one to catch it over the phone from me so don’t feel bad!
The tarp has gotten worse since I took the photos. It’s torn past several of the double seams and is all the way to the very top now. I’m hoping that the tearing stops there due to the wind direction and we’ll have at least 3/4 of our carport left covered. The bummer is the half that is holding in there is the half that had a rip in it and I wanted to replace first. We can live with that half uncovered for awhile if we have to while I shop for a new cover. I doubt the neighbors would complain.