How to Install Rolling Roofing on a Flat Roof
Are you wondering how to install rolled roofing on your home? Rolling roofing has been around for decades, but it’s still a relatively new type of roofing. Most people have heard of asphalt shingles, or metal roofs, but not all roofers know how to install these types of roofs. Here’s how to do it.
Before you actually begin installing your rolled roofing installation, it’s important to get a free estimate from roof membranes. There are several different types of roof membranes, including those made from organic compounds, polymers, silicone, or polyester. The price will vary based on the type of material, as well as the brand, but the estimates should be readily available from your roofer. Be wary, however, of low estimates. If they’re free, they may be covering only some of the roof, which could leave portions exposed. You need an actual cost estimate before deciding which roof membrane to use.
Another important tip is to use careful language when discussing the project with your roofer. One of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make is calling the job a roof repair instead of a roof installation. Using the terms interchangeably can cause confusion, which could delay the process or even result in the cancellation of the job. For example, instead of calling the repair a roof leak, tell your roofer that it’s a leaky roofing problem. This will help avoid further complications.
Next, you’ll need to choose the type of asphalt roll roofing installation material. The most commonly used material is standard asphalt shingles. They’re fairly cheap and, because they’re so easily found and used, they’re considered by many to be the best option for a novice do-it-yourselfer. However, some homeowners prefer to use a heavier grade of asphalt for better durability and to avoid the risk of it rotting. Other homeowners use tar/felt composite roofs which have more insulation benefits than the regular asphalt shingles.
Some homeowners prefer to use “green” shingles which are made of recycled newspaper and other materials. Just remember, however, that if the roofer uses this type of product and there is visible paper underneath the tar/felt, it’s not considered green – it’s simply considered cheap. If, on the other hand, the roofer uses real asphalt tar and real wood shingles, it’s considered to be a green project. (It’s also a good idea to check the paperwork: the sales tax id number should clearly state “reinforced with asphalt” on it.)
Now let’s talk about installing roll roofing on a flat roof. You’ll need two tools: a hammer and a utility knife. Start by using the hammer and just run it over the side of the house, making sure you smooth out the edges before you move on to the next part of the job. Once you get to the underbelly of the house, you need to make sure you apply a very generous amount of adhesive with the utility knife. Use even pressure and make sure the entire underside of the house is covered with the adhesive.