For low-pitched roofs, or in cases where budgetary concerns are more important than appearance, rolled roofing might be the perfect choice for your situation. Roll roofing is also a good option if you need to cover a roof for an extended period but plan to install the final roofing at a later date.
Think of asphalt-and-granule roll roofing as continuous strips of asphalt shingles without the tab cutouts. Roll asphalt roofing is installed in overlapping layers just like asphalt shingles, but the amount of exposure from one layer to the next is much greater than it is with roll shingles. Depending on the product, asphalt roll roofing will either be entirely covered with granules and installed to provide a single layer of coverage, or only half the sheet will be covered in a granule layer. The uncoated half (called a selvedge edge) and half of the shingle layer above it are covered with roofing cement for an improved seal. The wider overlap provided by the selvedge edge lends a double-coverage effect. (Double-coverage roofing is rapidly becoming rare.)
Single-coverage roll roofing may also have a selvedge edge for cement, but it will be only a few inches wide. Single- and double-coverage styles are secured with roofing nails around the edges. Both types are suitable for do-it-yourself roofing.
Asphalt roll roofing can prove to be more “leakproof” than conventional shingles if it’s installed correctly. However, it generally does not last as long as shingles. The fact that fewer nails are used during installation makes it more prone to blowing off in high winds, and it doesn’t respond to thermal expansion and contraction as well as shingles. And, for most viewers, it lacks the pleasing curb appeal of a shingled roof.
Roll roofing is essentially building paper with a granular surface coating. Single-coverage roll roofing is typically installed in a perimeter bond application with an overlap of about 6″. Self-adhesive ice membrane is a roll roof product that can be used for a full roof or as a preventer of ice dams in shingled roofs.
Asphalt roll roofing is one of the most inexpensive roof covering materials and when fully bonded, it’s one of the very few options available for covering roofs with a low slope between 2-in-12 and 4-in-12. It cannot be used on perfectly level roofs, though. Roll roofing is a common choice for the roof of porches, sheds, and garages.
United Restoration in Colorado Springs
The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.