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We recently had a fire at our home. The home was built in the late 1800's and has been in our family for 60 years. The fire has left the house without a roof. Some people have suggested a whole home encapsulation but I can not figure out who does that type of thing. The house is large so we need someone with real expertise. Any comments would be helpful as we are trying to preserve as much of the wood work/floors as possible. The home is in the Philadelphia area. Thank you.

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Tent makers?
Termite companies?
Sail makers?

They use/have large enough tents to cover a house completely. Or, they may know more than we do.

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Your insurance agent should be able to make recommendations.

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I think it will be better if you address your needs to a professional contractor. The age of a house and future plays a big role and they may require additional accuracy during the renovation process.

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Is this a row home ?

A frame roof ?

To hold a large tarp in place you need some serious framing. BUT that is one step away from regular real framing to install a roof. Most folks just skip the temporary and plunge right into a first class repair. But you have to move quickly. Get the 'envelope' repaired first. (roof, walls)

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Being in Philly, you're probably going to get some snow before winter's over and without structure under it, no tarp or tent will handle much of a snow load. What you need to do here is get a contractor on the job immediately and let them handle it. They'll know what (if anything) can be left in place temporarily and what must be added to support the tarps until permanent repairs can be made. If your insurance agent is worth their salt they should be doing all they can to get you a reliable contractor they have experience with to minimize future damage. If it's safe to enter the structure you need to remove anything waterlogged (especially carpeting) right away and to remove and/or protect anything left which has even a small chance of being salvageable. Take notes and pics of everything you handle, noting it's condition, as you'll want that to finalize your insurance claim.

So sorry to hear about the fire, and I hope more is salvageable than it may appear at first glance.


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