How to Heat Roofing Tar

What You'll Need
Cast iron high heat burner
Pot heaters
Roofing tar

Heating the roofing tar is essential to ensure the durability and quality of your tar roof. Generally, tar roofs are proven hard-wearing. However, just like any other kind of roofing, little maintenance is recommended for a tar roof. It is a good idea to start a regular routine, which will guarantee that your roofing tar does not create an expensive problem later on. Start tar roofing the right way, by means of proper heating of your roofing tar.

Step 1 – Prepare an Area for Heating

Look for a suitable area in your backyard, where you can safely place the cast iron high heat burner for heating the roofing tar. This cast iron burner is regularly used by roofing contractors to heat roofing tar pots and asphalt heater pots. Clean the area and ensure that there will be no kids around while you are heating the roofing tar.

Step 2 – Get Ready Your Roof

Ensure that you identify the parts of the roof (if not the entire roof) in which the heated tar is needed. It is also important to determine how much heated tar do you need before starting the process. Take note that you need to be prepared with the heating as well as application process to ensure a quality output and the durability of your work.

Step 3 – Heat the Roofing Tar

Since the cast iron high heat burner is already set up along with the tar heating pots, you are now ready to start the heating process by means of putting enough tar inside the heating pot. Adjust the heat of the burner once in a while to have the tar heated well. You also need to mix the tar every now and then to avoid building up together.

It is recommended to heat roofing tar batch by batch to ensure its quality result before application. Once heating is completed, you are now all set for the roofing tar application or repair.

Step 4 – Prepare for Roofing Tar Application

If it will be a new roofing tar application, it will be a lot easier. Because you just need to mix the tar roofing with the concrete roofing mixture before organizing it on your roof.

On the other hand, if you are just repairing a tar roofing you can apply it solely on the roof. It applies particularly if the problem area is just small, but if it is wide enough, you need to mix it with a little of concrete roofing mixture. Actually, it depends on your preference for your desired roofing.  

After the application, you need to leave the tar roofing for 48 hours the minimum, until the roof completely dries up. Always ensure that any probable problem in the future will be eliminated by doing the right heating and application of your roofing tar, but if a tar roofing problem already exists, repair the problematic portions quickly to avoid further damage.