Installing Rolled Roof Covering Step-by-Step Without Fear in 2020

23December 2019

Installing Rolled Roof Covering 

A roll of roofing material on a roof ready to install.Installing rolled roof covering can be a challenge if you don’t have superpowers like Coquitlam Roofing Contractors.   All kidding aside, rolled roofing has its appeal to homeowners due to the fact it is easy to install and less expensive than all other available roofing choices.

The homeowner should be aware that it does not look as good as a shingle or tile roof, and should only be used where the roof is not entirely visible to others eyes.  Best to use a rolled roof on a flat roof since it is not visible from the ground and the process can be completed in a day.  It will have the same or a little more life expectancy as a shingle roof around 6 – 12 years.

When purchasing your rolled roofing product be sure to ask the roofing company for tips on how to install it properly.  A few tips we know about is that rolled roofing does not need underlayment, but it is quite inexpensive and will give you an extra layer of protection which makes it worth the extra funds and your time.  Always roll out the underlay and make keep it flat and smooth by tacking it down in place so it does not buckle or have wrinkles in it anywhere.

Guidelines for Roof Installation

The standard guideline though of mounting rolled roof is that it should be installed on a roof having a slope of 3-in-12 or less.   The best areas to install this type of roofing is warmer areas with less or little rainfall and no freezing weather.  The best type of material to lay a rolled roofing material on is concrete or masonry, which keeps out the heat and sun and is cheaper than wood, especially areas where timber is expensive.

Rolls usually come in 36 inches (91 cm) by 33 feet (10 m) in size and are considered lightweight, cheap and inexpensive to install.   Keep in mind, due to its width makes it vulnerable to shrinkage and tearing as it contracts and expands with weather changes.  Think of it like one big shingle that cannot respond to changes in a building structure without tearing, whereas, individual shingles move separately.

Installing rolled roof covering is best applied throughout brilliant sunny days due to the fact that the roofing product is more pliable.  Permit the rolled roof material to relax for at least an hour by laying the cut sheets one upon the other to help flatten and straighten and to prevent puckering and curling.  This also helps dry out the sheets slightly.

Manufacturers of Rolled Roofing

There are firms that market roll roof covering items that are simple to install. Carlisle is a leading company that manufactures the CCW EZRoof brand of the rolled roof. The concept is similar to that of the house or office adhesive tape. You simply peel it off and lay it down to the location where it is supposed to be used. Of course, there are other instructions that need to be remembered.

Ensure that you have the right sizes of the portion where the rolled roofing will be installed. This will assist you in reducing the material without mistakes, therefore waste is avoided. A clean roofing deck though is a top concern prior to installation, make sure the surface has no sticks or small stones and is level as well as having a smooth finish.

Installing Rolled Roof Covering

Cut what is called, a starter strip 18″ wide of rolled roofing material.  You are going to begin to lay the roof material along the eaves of your roof and work upwards.Coquitlam Roofing Contractor - Installing Rolled Roof Covering

Place a three-inch layer of roofing cement along the eaves area and then begin to lay your rolled roofing strips.  Leave a half-inch of the starter strip hanging over the eaves and flatten it down with a roofer’s roller.  Using galvanized nails nail the starter strip every 3 inches along the seam and edge.

Now using roofing cement cover all nails, seam, and roof edge with about a half-inch of cement.  Cutaway the overhang so the edge is smooth and lined up with your underlayment (if using).

A snap line and chalk help to lay a straight line for your next row of roofing roll set 2 inches down from the top of the starter line.  Fill in the area with roofing cement and lay your next strip of roofing roll.  Continue as above the steps above until you are finished.  Remember to nail each section down and cover every nail with the cement.

When completely finished doing all sides of the roof cut a 12-inch wide length of roll roofing material to cover the ridges and hip of the roof.  Nail and cement as previously, and you are done.

Congratulations you have finished installing rolled roof covering on your own home.

If this all seems too daunting to you,  Give us a call for a free quote!

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