How to Properly Install Roll Roofing

Roll roofingInstalling roll roofing is pretty much easier and simple for the home owners. It is so much easy that homeowners can even do this task themselves.  Installing roll roofing is also not much expensive. This is the thing why people are attracted towards roll roofing. Being inexpensive it is not able to offer as much good looks as tile roofing or shingle roofing. So it is preferred in those types of roofs which are not easily visible. Roll roofing is suggestible for flat roofs or nearly flat roofs as it can be completed very quickly in a day. It offers durability and an adorable life span. It can last for 6 to 12 years just like a normal shingle roof.  If you are opting for roll roofing and want to install it yourself, here are some of the basic steps as to how to install roll roofing.

 

Roll roofing is such roofing which is not very much flexible or pliant in cold weather. It is prone to break or crack if it is done in extreme cold weather. If it is to be installed in cold weather only then you should cut it down into 12 to 18 foot sheets and they should be laid inside a garage in flat position so that it gets warm and stay flat. A full day is needed to flatten the sheet. You can keep these sheets outside only if the weather is warm outside.

It is not needed to install the underlay in case of roll roofing but still it is cheap and it adds up a protective layer which makes it worth to install on your roof. Now you should roll out the underlay and tack that thing down.  Be careful that the underlay is not wrinkled or buckled and it is smooth and straight.

Start with measuring at several intervals up from the eaves along the roof and mark up those measurements. Break a chalk line which can work as a guide for the first and foremost layer of the roll roofing. Make sure that you don’t use the eaves as guide for the purpose of laying the roll. Eaves are not even for laying off the layer. If you are using chalk line as your guide you will get a surety that roll roofing is laid in a pattern and the overlaps are symmetrical and consistent. Now roll out the first sheet checking out that it is laid even and flat. Now apply two inches of cement on the other side to seal up the roofing. Now nail the roofing down and check it stays flat and even after you go. As soon as the first row is finished, add two inches of cement to the top of first row for securing second row of roofing. Don’t forget to cover hips or ridges at last.

Trim out the excess overhang with the help of utility knife. Check out that all the seams and overlaps are covered up with the cement as it will seal the nails.

 

 

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