Rolled Roofing Recommendations

Rolled roofing is a convenient and expedient alternative roofing choice for things like sheds or detached garages: roll roofs can last between six and twelve years, and tend to cost substantially less to install than purchasing shingles or sheet metal.

Since roofing is a crucial component to structural construction, there are a numbed of rolled roofing recommendations that do-it-yourself handymen should take into account when starting on this project. Paying attention to the small things now will avoid hassle and potential lost time later on.

Single or Double?

Corrugated Fiberglass Roofing Panels

greenhouse roofIf you ever wondered what those green plastic looking panels on someone’s back porch or greenhouse, they are called corrugated fiberglass roofing panels. These strong flexible panels are a relatively inexpensive way to roof an outside area, usually an area above plants or a back patio area.

Asphalt Shingles Comparison

cat on asphalt shingles roofThere are a few different types of asphalt shingles. Comparison of these shingles is separated between the two major types; the organic and the non-organic (fiberglass).

Organic asphalt shingles were created in the late-1800s being a by-product of tar and asphalt-impregnated felts that were used for flat roofs. Early shingles contained cotton or wool fiber derived from old rags and was given the name “rag felt.”

Gutter Downspouts

Gutters mounted on your fascia board at the edge of your roof serve a great purpose. They keep the water from falling where you do not want it, such as on your walkway to the front door. But they are misused more often then not, usually prompted by gutter salesmen.

The purpose of a gutter system is to catch the water flowing down your shingles and channel it to a downspout that takes it down to the base of the house at ground level. You really do not need this system on the entire perimeter of your roof.

Installing Roof Sheathing

how to install roof sheathingRoof boards are used for sheathing under materials that require solid and continuous support, such as asphalt shingles, composition roofing and metal-sheet roofing, must be laid closed.

Closed roof sheathing may also be used for wood shingles. Closed roof boards should preferably be of dressed and matched or shiplap material, 8 inches in width and 1 inch in thickness. Where rood boards are re-used from concrete dormwork, they should be thoroughly cleaned and redried before use.