Roll roofing is one of the easiest types of materials to install. What you’ll need to keep in mind, though, is that homeowners choose it when they care less about their roof’s appearance than other characteristics (including ease of installation and cost).
In this article, we’re going to discuss what roll roofing is, common materials used to make it, its pros and cons, and a step-by-step guide about roll roofing installation. We’ll also answer the questions we’re most frequently asked about it.
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It’s a composite sheet of roofing material that’s developed into a roll so that it can be laid into strips that overlap each other. The material will vary depending on which type you’re looking for on your roof. In most cases, though, the material will be similar to asphalt roofing shingles but thinner.
This type is usually installed over bare wood sheathing or sheathing that has been painted with a primer. You can better protect the sheathing against condensation and leaking by applying roofing felt first. Then, you can install the roll roofing over the felt. In the sections below, we’ll discuss the most common materials used to make it and how to install it.
Asphalt shingles may be the most common, but there are a variety of materials you can use to make roll roofing. Common materials used for this type include:
Contact your local experts to determine which material would work best with your home.
Rolled roofing installation isn’t for just any roof, especially residential homes. However, it works well for other functional structures. You may consider installing it if you have a low-pitch roof, including those on patios, three-seasons rooms, sheds, gazebos, and garages. Other possibilities include barns, shops, outdoor exercise structures, and even kids’ treehouses.
The good news is that it’s easy to install yourself if that’s what you’d prefer. Just remember to keep in mind that it’s best to choose a day for your project when the temperature is over 50°F so that the material is won’t be stiff and brittle.
So, why do people choose roll roofing over other types? The advantages include:
Rolled roofing also has its disadvantages. Here’s why you may want to go with another type of material for your project:
You may be considering installing roof yourself. If that’s the case, make sure you have all the necessary tools before you get started. The ones you’ll need include:
It’s also essential to gather all of the materials you need before you get started on your project. Here’s what you’ll need for a roll roofing install:
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You’re almost ready for the installation process! Next, you’ll have to prepare your roof. Here’s what to do:
When the roof is dry and your materials are all laid out, it’s time to begin with the installation. Here’s our step-by-step guide for roll roofing installation instructions:
A few roll roofing additional details include:
Here are the questions that we’re most frequently asked:
Roll roofing does not require an underlayment, but it’s still a good idea to use it. Underlayment will help provide extra insulation and weather protection. It can be found at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Nails are typically used to secure this type of roof. You can nail the separate layers by hammering the nails in 10-inch intervals across the roof. After that, you’ll want to use cement to cover them and seal them in place.
Hammer nails in at 10-inch intervals across the roof. They should be placed along the bottom edge and along the sides. Make sure they’re 1 inch from the edge.
It is possible to install roll roofing over shingles, but it’s much better to remove them. However, if you find that removing your current shingles is a problem, don’t stress over it. Just make sure you remove gravel, slag, and debris from the existing roof so that you can avoid puncturing the MSR.
The cost to install roll roofing is almost always cheaper than shingles. It’s one of the cheapest types out there. It’s typically not used for residential homes, though. Places it’s most often used include sheds, gazebos, patios, garages, and more.
A quality way to install rolled roofing without using nails is by using a torch. You’ll need a propane torch to apply heat to the layers to secure them in place. This works very well for the roof’s durability.
The next layer should typically overlap the first layer by at least 4 inches. Mark it with a chalk line to help you place it.
Now that you know how to install roll roofing, it’s time to get started! Contact our team at Legacy Service if you need any assistance with roofing, siding, windows, or doors replacement or installation services.