4 Easy Steps for Roll Roofing

What You'll Need
Chalk line
Roll roofing
Metal sheets
Galvanized roofing nails
Utility knife
Roofing cement

Roll roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials used, due to the fact that it can be installed easily, even without the aid of a professional. Since the material is made of roofing sheets, it is quite flexible and can be maneuvered in accordance to the requirements of the homeowner. Although roll roofing may only have a life span of 5 to 12 years, builders and homeowners alike prefer this kind of roofing material because of its ease of installation and relatively cheaper price. Roll roofing installation is a task that can be accomplished by any adult. Here's how:

Step 1 – Draw the Base Line

For you to have a basis on where to proceed with the installation of roof rolls, create a line to serve as a mark. Along the eave, measure 35 1/2 inches and run the chalk line along this point. The line will serve as the guide where the first metal sheet will be installed. When installing roll roofing, you have to decide first whether you will be installing the sheets vertically or horizontally, so that you will know where to proceed. For vertical installation, more builders proceed in the direction from left to right.  

Step 2 – Installation of the First Metal Sheet

Once the base line has been delineated, add the first metal sheet along this line. Place it about a half inch below the eaves, so that it appears to hang over them. Make sure that the first sheet is aligned within the base line before you attach it. Secure the first sheet on the roof using galvanized roof nails. Each nail should be spaced every 3 inches from the previous nail. Make sure that at least ¾ of the nail is buried between the metal and the roof. Apply roof cement in the eaves to seal the opening.

Step 3 – Installation of Subsequent Rolls

Using the edge of the first installed sheet, mark 2 inches below it and run the chalk line along this measurement. Apply roofing cement in the portion where the 2 inches was marked. Align the next roofing sheet on this mark and secure it with nails, following the method described in step 3. Make sure that you secure the overlaps between the two metal sheets. Add more sheets and repeat this step until you have fully covered the roof, except for the ridge that is left open.

Step 4 – Covering the Roof Ridge and Final Trimming

Cut a 12 inch wide strip of roofing material and put it atop your roof ridge. Apply cement on the edges of the roll and fasten it with nails. Apply generous amounts of roofing cement to seal the openings. Trim the edges if there are overlaps.