13 Steps to Applying Rolled Roofing

Rolled Roofing Installation Tips from a Reputable Roofing Contractor

Flat roof covering works with roofing feltThere are many different styles and types of roofing with a price range which is just as varied. If you are, however, looking for the easiest and cheapest way to do things, you should consider installing a shed or flat roof. And that is where your roofing contractor will advise you to apply rolled roofing.

Rolled roofing is made from the same material as asphalt shingles. Each roll of roofing takes the place of 3 courses of asphalt shingles. Rolled roofing is more economical to use as a result. If you want to install such roofing, you’d better follow the next few tips to make the process easy.

  • Install flashing around the roof edges. This flashing will do a good job when you want to keep the water runoff from working under the roof and damaging the decking of the roof.
  • Measure 34 inches from the bottom of the roof at each end. Then pop a chalk line in order to mark where the roofing top begins.
  • The edge of the roll will not necessarily be straight. In this case, popping a chalk line can help you give a nice bottom edge. Keep in mind that if the roofing material is not straight, wrinkles will occur.
  • Apply a 6 inch coat of asphaltic roofing cement along the sides and the bottom.
  • You then will need to lay the first course of rolled roofing. Always begin at one edge. Do not work in different directions at the same time.
  • Use one-inch roofing nails to nail down the rolled roofing every 9-to-12 inches. Then you can take the time to trim the side edges as well.
  • Then repeat the process and press the edges down firmly.
  • When you are done with this, you can apply one inch of asphalt roofing cement over the top edge of the first course. Afterwards, you can continue nailing the second course.
  • Every good roofing contractor knows that when the top edge is nailed down, it should be covered with a thick coat of roofing cement, so this is what you have to do next.
  • If you have a traditional hip roof, the rolled roofing has to be applied from both sides to the top. In order to do this, you will have to cut 9-inch wide strips from the rolled roofing and use them for ridge shingles.
  • In this case, asphaltic cement should be applied, this time on both sides of the ridge.

If all this seems too complicated or you feel like you do not have the skills and equipment to do it, you can trust Roman Ray Roofing, a roofing contractor with plenty of experience in the area of Brooklyn, NY. For more information about our prices and availability, you can speak to us at (917) 295-4543.

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