Asphalt rolled roofing is one of the best materials for buildings with a low sloped roof pitch. The material is the same one utilized in asphalt shingles. Which makes it perfect for anyone who wants to put a new top on their home.
If you have a flat roof on your house or building. Rolled roofing can be a great way to upgrade. The following article will cover what you need to know before applying a rolled roof. And go over how to put one on your house.
Rolled Roofing: Basic Information
There are several types of rolled roofing materials out there. But all of them contain a rubber-like material. Also know that, when measuring, most rolls are 100 feet long. And come in widths from 6 to 20 feet wide.
When choosing a rolled roofing material, you can get rubber roofing (which is both the least common and least expensive option). EPDM roofing, TPO roofing, or Bitumen roofing.
All of those are similar, but they do have subtle differences in both cost and use. What you choose is based on personal preference.
However, it’s also important to know that rolls will create small seams. That can be a problem if you’re not prepared. But it shouldn’t be that worrisome if you’re ready.
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Phase 1: Preparation
Before you begin installing your rolled roofing. You first need to figure out how much material you need. Though you can eyeball or guess. It’s always a good idea to purchase rolls based on the manufacturer’s directions.
Each roll of roofing equals roughly three courses of asphalt shingles. Keep that in mind during your initial measurements.
As you begin, you need to install flashing around the edges of the roof. This is an important step because it will keep water runoff from seeping under the roof. And ruining its structural integrity. It limits damage to the roof decking as well.
Next, measure 34 inches from the bottom of the roof at each end. And pop a chalk line where the top of the roofing begins. This ensures you will get a great bottom edge whether the roll is straight or wrinkled.
Getting Started and Covering One Side
Once you’ve got everything you need in order, you want to start applying the roofing.
First, lay down a 6-inch coat of asphaltic roofing cement along the bottom and edge of the side you’re starting with. That will ensure your roof has a good foundation and stays in place.
From there, you should apply the first course of rolled roofing. To do that, you start at one edge and roll until you have a couple more inches than you need (it always helps to have extra room to work with).
Use 1-inch or longer roofing nails to pin the material down roughly every 9 to 12 inches. Once it’s all laid out, you can come back and trim the side edges later.
Repeat The Process
After everything is nailed down, you want to press down the edges and repeat the process by measuring 34 inches from the top of the first course and popping a chalk line. Then apply 1 inch of asphalt roofing cement to the top edge of the first course and side of the roof.
Once the first course is complete, you should unroll the second and nail along the overlap. Press it down into the roofing cement and repeat the process until you reach the top.
You then want to cut the roll so that it fits your roof and apply a thick coat of roofing cement to the covered area. Nail the top edge and cover the exposed nail heads with roofing cement to make sure they don’t get ruined by the elements.
The Other Sides and Edges
To do the other sides, you want to create a 6-inch overlap between the first and second piece and cover it with roofing cement. Press it down to set.
If you have an affordable and efficient way to get a new roof, you should apply rolled roofing from both sides to the top. Then you can cut 9-inch wide strips of the roofing to create ridge shingles and fit everything together.
Once you cut out the pieces, you should lay a coat of cement on both sides of the ridge and bend the strips over the top. Press the roofing material down and nail it into place.
Finally, complete your project by trimming any edges that overlap.
Roofing Made Easy
Rolled roofing is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable and efficient way to get a new roof on their home or building. The material is easy to apply and can be done at home or through a contractor.
There are many roofing options out there, but if you want simplicity, this is the best option.