Low pitch or slope roofs are the kind of roofs that will allow you to install rolled roofing material. Rolled roofing is a sheet based material specifically made for roofs, which is made of fiberglass that is coated with asphalt. It is cheap and easy to install which is why a lot of homeowners prefer to use it. That said if you are looking to cover and protect your roof from the elements, you can’t go wrong with rolled roofing provided that your roof is low pitched. Here the steps in installing rolled roofing.
- Size up your roof. In order to determine the amount of rolled roofing and underlayment you will need, you will have to size up your roof first. Measure the length followed by the width of the roof. Multiply the measurement with each other to get the size of the area in square feet. Make sure to add about 20 percent to the total amount of material you will need.
- Repair your roof. Skip this part of the process if your roof is new or in good condition. The sheathing should be wood in order for the galvanize nails to fit through in securing the rolled roofing strips in place. If the plywood on your roof is damage or rotten, replace it. At the same time, inspect the nails and bolts on the roof to ensure that nothing is sticking out. You will need a flat surface for the rolled roofing.
- Clean your roof. Aside from the repairs, you will want your roof clean and clear. This means that you will need to remove any debris you find on top, be it twigs, leaves, gook, and grime.
- Start with the underlayment. To start the installation of the rolled roofing, you will need to lay on a layer of using roof felt or building paper. This will act as your underlayment and will provide extra protection against the elements. Install in strips and secure each one with staples or nails. Each strip you place should overlap each other in order to completely cover the entire roof.
- Proceed with the rolled roofing. Before layering the rolled roofing on top of the underlayment, you will need to create a strip to serve as the drip edge. This strip should be lined along the edges of the roof on the overhang. Strips of 10 inches in width should do. Once that is in place, install each strip of rolled roofing the same way as you did with the underlayment. Use galvanized nails to hold the rolled roofing in place. As mentioned earlier, make sure to overlap each rolled roofing strip on each other to make it continuous and completely cover the roof. As you layer each strip, make sure that the side with the coat of asphalt is facing down.
There you have it, once you complete the installation; your new low pitched roof is now ready to weather all the natural elements, particularly moisture such as rain and snow. And, since rolled roofing is durable, it should take a while before replacement is needed.