Adhesive Backed Roll Roofing Installation Instructions

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Adhesive Backed Roll Roofing Installation Instructions
Self-adhesive rolled roofing material makes roofing easier for the DIY homeowner. (hot tar, roofing image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Peel-and-stick rolled material is gaining popularity among roofing contractors and homeowners. The ease of installation and the speed of application results in a substantial savings in time and on labour. There is no need for torches, hot tar, mops, adhesives or expensive tools. Just prime the deck, remove the release backing from the sheet of roofing material, secure it to the roof and the job is almost done. A roof can be covered quickly allowing time to move on to other projects.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Push broom
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Asphalt and concrete primer
  • Roofing brush
  • Roofing nails
  • Metal drip edge
  • Fire-resistant self-adhesive rolled roofing material
  • Roof roller, 34kg

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove all dirt and debris from the roof with the push broom.

  2. 2

    Remove all existing shingles or other types of roofing material, felt, and nails with the pry bar and hammer.

  3. 3

    Apply the asphalt and concrete primer to the deck with the roofing brush. Allow the primer to cure for a minimum of one hour.

  4. 4

    Secure the metal L-shaped drip to the edge of the eave and the rake with the hammer and roofing nails. Attach a roofing nail every six inches.

  5. 5

    Roll out a sheet of self-adhesive rolled roofing material on the roof with the adhesive backing facing the deck. Begin at the lowest edge of the roof. Allow enough overhang to cover the drip edge and fascia. Roll back the edge of the roofing material. Remove the release film from the roofing material. Align the edge of the self-adhesive roofing material with the edge of the deck. Press the roofing material firmly in place with your hands. Work your way down the sheet, smoothing and pressing the material down. Press the edge down over the fascia.

  6. 6

    Roll back the opposite side of the roofing material. Remove the release film. Press the roofing material firmly in place with your hands. Work your way down the sheet, smoothing and pressing the material down. Roll a roof roller over the entire sheet to bond the roofing material securely.

  7. 7

    Lay the second sheet of self-adhesive roofing material over the previously installed sheet with an overlap of two inches. Roll half of the self-adhesive sheet back toward yourself. Remove the release film from half of the sheet of roofing material. Roll the sheet back over onto the deck. Start from the centre to press and smooth this half of the sheet firmly onto the deck with your hands.

  8. 8

    Fold back the opposite half of the self-adhesive roofing material onto the previously applied side. Remove the release film from the sheet. Roll the sheet back over onto the deck. Start from the centre to press and smooth this half of the sheet firmly onto the deck with your hands. Roll a roof roller over the entire sheet to bond the roofing material securely.

  9. 9

    Repeat steps 7 and 8 to install the remaining sheets of self-adhesive roofing material. Overlap all ends by a minimum of six inches.

Tips and warnings

  • A drip edge is an L-shaped metal flashing that is nailed along the eaves and rakes of the roof to redirect water away from the fascia.
  • The eave is the edge of the roof that overhangs.
  • The rake is the sloped edge of a roof that goes from the eaves perpendicular to the ridge.
  • Check the manufacturer's instructions for minimum ambient temperature requirements for installation.

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