How to Attach Roofing Shelf Nails to Shingles or Cedar Silos
Are you wondering how to attach roofing felt to your roof? You can learn how to do this on your own or take a class and learn how to do it properly. It does take a bit of work to learn how to attach felt to a roof but it will pay off when you can see the nice result it will give your home. You want the felt to cover your entire roof so make sure the ground is dry before you start. If the ground is not dry, you will likely find that your roof will leak. Then, you will have to start all over and patch your roof.
The very first step in how to attach roofing felt to your roof is to prepare the location which will be enclosed by the felt. This usually includes cutting away any loose shingles or tiles on the surface. You then have to cut strips of the felt and nail every eight inches to each side of the seam. The reason you need to nail each inch is so the felt is held securely to the surface it is going to cover. Then, you will want to glue each strip together with a nail every eight inches and you are done.
Next, you will need to clean the surface. You should make sure that there is no dirt, grit, oil or sand remaining on the surface. You do not want to wait until it has time to dry before you apply roofing cement. Then, if you used asphalt shingles, you will have to strip them off and if you used water-resistant underlayment, you need to allow it to cure. If you have any cedar shake, you will need to sand it down before applying it to the surface. If your roof has a metal flash, you can use steel wool to polish it before applying the felt.
The next step involves putting the water-resistant underlayment on the surface of the roof and leveling it off. The purpose of leveling is so the sheathing adheres properly to the roof. Since the felt has already been painted, you will not need to paint it before attaching it to the shingles or cedar shakes. Make sure that the felt is level before using the nails for the final fixings.
To ensure that the felt maintains its integrity when in place, use brad nails instead of regular nails. These brad nails are smaller than the regular nails and they will pierce through any type of shingle or cedar shake that might be present. If you have sloping roofs, use overlapping nails. This is because the nails will hit both sides of the overlapped overlap. To ensure that the felt maintains integrity even after the fixings have been placed, apply pressure to the edges with a steady grip.
For areas of your home where there are no solid roofing materials, you can install the felt using special adapters called “spacer” nailing strips. These adapters are made with stainless steel or aluminum and they will expand when exposed to moisture but will contract when air pressure is applied to it. To install these special strips, first apply the adhesive to the back and then lift the strips over the surface you want to install them on.