May Special: Get 20% Off Your Roof Replacement + 0% Financing

How to Install Roll Roofing

Roll roofing is an excellent choice for small or low-pitch roofing projects or as a temporary roofing solution. It’s a quick and cost-effective way to protect your shed, garage, or low-slope roof. With the right tools and a bit of know-how, installing roll roofing can be a straightforward DIY project. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of how to install roll roofing step by step. For a traditional asphalt roof installation in the Delaware Valley and surrounding areas, Dream Home Roofers can help.

Gather Your Roll Roofing Materials and Tools

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools:

  • Roll roofing material
  • Roofing nails
  • Roofing cement
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Roofing adhesive (if needed)
  • Roofing primer (if recommended by the manufacturer)

Steps to Installing Roll Roofing

1. Prepare the Roofing Surface

Ensure that the surface you’ll be applying the roll roofing to is clean, dry, and smooth. Remove any debris, dirt, or old roofing material. If necessary, repair any damaged areas and apply a primer as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Measure and Cut the Roll Roofing

Measure the length of the roof and add a few extra inches for overhang on each side. Roll out the roofing material on a flat surface and use a tape measure and chalk line to mark the desired length. Use a utility knife to cut the roll to size.

3. Apply Adhesive if the Material Requires

Some roll roofing materials require the application of roofing adhesive to ensure proper adhesion to the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the adhesive evenly to the backside of the roll roofing material.

4. Position and Secure the Roll Roofing

Carefully lift the roll roofing onto the roof, ensuring it’s positioned correctly with an equal overhang on all sides. Use roofing nails to secure the roofing material in place along the edges and at regular intervals across the surface. Be sure to drive the nails flush with the surface to prevent water from seeping underneath.

5. Seal the Seams and Edges

Apply roofing cement along the seams and edges of the roll roofing to create a watertight seal. Use a putty knife or trowel to spread the cement evenly and ensure all seams are fully covered.

6. Finish the Installation

Once the roll roofing is securely in place and all seams are sealed, trim any excess material from the edges using a utility knife. Inspect the entire roof to ensure there are no loose edges or areas that may need additional sealing.

Contact a Skilled Roofer if You Need Help

By following these steps, you can successfully install roll roofing on your shed, garage, or low-slope roof. Remember to always prioritize safety when working on your roof, and if you’re unsure about any step of the process, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance. If you find that your roof might be better suited for asphalt shingle roofing or if you prefer a professional touch, consider reaching out to Dream Home Roofers for a quote. Their expertise can ensure your roof gets the attention it deserves, providing reliable protection for years to come.



Get Free Estimate 1-855-610-9720
Free Estimate



Dream Home Roofers may contact me about its services through various automated and recorded means including telephone, text and email.