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Ernie Smith & Sons Roofing Case Studies: Protecting an above ground swimming pool while stripping a roof in Cypress, Texas

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by Ernie Smith


When you replace a roof, you’d think the easiest part would be stripping off the old shingles. But that’s not always the case. For example, what if your customer has a beautiful new above ground swimming pool right next to the house? Like this hail-damaged roof we did in Cypress, Texas? (We helped the homeowner file an insurance claim to get a new roof – just one of our many specialties.)

Cypress, Texas is a fast-growing Houston community located along busy U.S. Highway 290. Countless politicians have stopped by Cypress over the years as they journeyed along this important route connecting Houston and the state Capitol in Austin.


Summers are sweltering here in sub-tropical Houston so there’s no shortage of homeowners with swimming pools. The Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas is no exception.  Protecting a swimming pool from falling debris when you’re installing a new roof may seem like a no-brainer. Just cover it with a tarp, right? But it’s not that simple when the pool hugs the house.

If roof debris rains down on an unsecured tarp, the tarp takes on water and can quickly sink. Here’s the simple solution. With a smaller above-ground pool like this one in Cypress, we situated a few guys on either end of the tarp to hold it tightly as the debris came down. A heavy bundle of roofing shingles works well to secure the front side of the tarp (where the pool is closest to the roof).

Larger inground pools that are directly in the line of fire can be a bigger challenge. To solve this problem, 2x6 boards are placed across the length of the pool as a support for a large tarp. The entire edge, or circumference, of the tarp is then secured by bundles of roofing shingles.

Whether it’s Cypress, Texas or anywhere throughout the greater Houston area, Ernie Smith & Sons Roofing can not only cover a roof like a pro, we can cover and protect your prized swimming pool too. (We’ll put it in the contract.) After all, we’ve been pooling our resources to solve all kinds of roof related problems for almost 30 years.

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