Rolled roofing may seem like a simple process, but just like laying turf, it must be implemented properly, or the result will be flawed.
You may choose this particular roofing style over others for many reasons. Not only is it highly cost-effective, but it also allows for impressive protection against the elements. Rolled roofing is used in many areas, but mostly on public outbuildings, sheds, porches, and more. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to install rolled roofing for durability, functionality, and worthwhile aesthetics:
What will I need?
- Rolled roofing: there are a few options to choose from, modified bitumen and asphalt being the most popular. The former is higher-end but more expensive.
- Felt paper: this will serve as the underlayment. You can also use synthetic materials if needed.
- Metal flashing: This prevents water from building under your rolled roofing.
- Roofing cement: to seal unavoidable seams and edges.
- Galvanized roofing nails or staples, nail gun or hammer: for securing your rolled roofing in place
- .A utility knife: for trimming your rolled roofing layers into place.
How to install rolled roofing:
- Clear the roof.
It’s essential to clear and dry the roof, and you only apply the roofing system in warm conditions.
- Underlayment first.
Take your felt paper or material, and lay it neatly over the entire roof area. Nail or staple it in place.
- Install metal flashing as the drip edge.
This should be cleanly lined along the eaves of your rooftop. This means water runoff will cleanly fall from your roof instead of pooling under the flat-top roofing system.
- Roll your roofing layers.
This is often compared to laying turf, with the same principles. Make sure to leave a slight overhang at the sides of the structure. Secure in place with nails at equal increments.
Please ensure the roofing layers’ seams overlap as you lay them down. This will prevent water from seeping between.
- Trim with a utility knife.
Make sure to trim any overhanging roofing materials and fit them neatly against ridges or overhangs. A sharp utility knife should be implemented here. Evenly apply your roofing cement to seal the ends and let it dry.
- Place roofing cement along the sides and top.
Apply your cement to add a watertight finish along the sides and tops of your rolled roofing connections.
Contact District Roofing today
To ensure a perfectly completed job, call District Roofing today.
We offer roof repair, roof replacement, storm damage, solar roofing preparations, and many more services for all roofing requirements. We care about our customers and, as such, offer round-the-clock emergency services. We also seek to empower our clients to understand precisely what it is their particular roof needs, that’s why we’re trusted all over Fairfax County and beyond. Our friendly team will be delighted to talk to you. Call us for your no-obligation roofing quote!