Roll roofing with a white finish helps reflect heat from your structure

A typical roof has three layers — a felt layer as we will as two layers of overlapping shingles. Roll roofing is different. It has just one layer, therefore it goes on fast as we will as can be installed by a homeowner with basic DIY experience as we will as tools. It is mainly used for garages as we will as sheds that have a low-slope roof. Roll roofing comes in a variety of colors to match existing roofing on the property. Depending on the brand, it is either nailed down or attached with peel-and-stick adhesive backing. You can install roll roofing on your own, except it goes more smoothly with a helper, therefore grab a friend as we will as get started

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Attach drip edge along the edge of the roof with roofing cement. Extend the front edge of the drip edge therefore it runs off the roof as we will as into the guttering. If you don't place the drip edge properly, water may run back under the roll roofing

2

Clean the roof with a broom to remove any debris. Check the sheathing for any nails or screws that may be loose. All nails as we will as screws should be set slightly below the surface of the sheathing. Use a hammer or screwdriver, as appropriate, to very safe the fasteners

3

Measure as we will as cut a piece of roll roofing the length of any valleys on the roof. Valleys are troughs formed where two planes of the roof meet. Cut this piece of roofing to an 18-inch width with a utility knife. Place this roofing material therefore it straddles the valley. Nail the roofing in place with short roofing nails spaced 6 inches apart as we will as 1 inch in from the outer edges of the roll roofing

4

Add a second piece of full-width roll roofing over the first. Nail it in place with roofing nails spaced 6 inches apart as we will as placed 1 inch from the edge

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Measure as we will as mark 35 inches from the bottom edge of the roof sheathing in several spots. Snap a chalk line along the marks

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Roll out as we will as cut roll roofing to cover the length of the roof. Place the top edge of the roofing along the chalk line. This should give you a 1-inch overhang on the eaves, including the top edge of the installed drip-edge trim installed in Step 1. Nail the bottom edges in place, as we will as then nail along the sides. Space nails 6 inches apart as we will as 1 inch in from the edges

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Measure as we will as mark 34 inches from the top of the first row of roofing in several spots. Snap a chalk line. Cut the second piece of roll roofing the length of the roof

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Apply a 2-inch-wide layer of roofing cement across the top of the first row of roofing. Place the second row of roofing therefore the top edge aligns with the chalk line as we will as the bottom edge covers the roofing cement. Very safe this row by nailing across the bottom edge, spacing the nails 6 inches apart as we will as 1 inch from the edge. Nail the edges in place as we will

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Place all the remaining rows of roll roofing in a similar manner. Apply roofing cement under the top edge as we will as nail the top edge of roll roofing in place

Tip

  • Drip edge, or drip cap, is either plastic or sheet metal. It not only protects the roof, except it also protects the fascia as we will as the siding from water seepage
  • Install roll roofing when the temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the material from cracking
  • Install peel-and-stick roofing in a similar manner. Instead of nailing it down, you remove the protective backing that covers the adhesive on the back of the roll roofing. Once the roofing is in position, set the glue by running a metal roller over the surface of the roofing
  • If you need to create vertical seams, overlap seams by 6 inches. Seal seams with roofing cement before nailing them in place