How to Install Roofing: Homeowner’s Manuals often give information about the process of how to install roofing felt. The basic technique is to use tar paper underlayment to make sure that the roofing is properly secured to the underlying structure. Then top it off with a felt layer that matches or is at least has a close match to the exterior sheathing. If you want a really tight seal, then use flashing. In general, flashings are not needed but there are situations where they may be helpful.
For instance, if you are installing a metal hot-water heater, you will need to install roofing shingles that have some give. This gives allows the water to spread out more quickly, keeping your home cool. It also allows more water to flow over the roof and evaporate faster, allowing more heat to be conducted safely and evenly throughout your house.
If you want to know how to install, one of the best videos I can recommend is the Roofing Contractor’s Pro Series. This video series has an excellent section on roofing installation. In the introduction to the video, the first tip is to always work in “order” – in other words, do not start chipping away at your roofing until you know the entire extent of the work that needs to be done. Most people assume that they know everything there is to know about doing roofing. However, this is simply not true!
For example, working with a roofing contractor’s video series, you learn that it is important to use the right type of flashing when installing a new roof over an existing one. By using flashing, you are essentially making sure that moisture and water that may seep into the roof is kept in its proper place. There are different types of flashing, including insect flag (a type of flashing made from galvanized steel flashing that has been galvanized but is not colored), metal flashing and the popular EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene-monomer). In addition, you will learn how to properly adjust the flashing around objects in the attic and how to clean up wet spots after flashing is applied. By using the proper flashing, you will not only make your job easier, you will protect your home and your family from the dangers associated with having an improperly installed roof.
How to install roof flashing starts with selecting the right kind of shingles. You need to select shingles that are designed for a variety of conditions and different types of roofing materials. You may already have the type of shingles that you would use on your own home, but if not, you should find out which shingles are available for asphalt roof installation. Keep in mind that while asphalt shingles are cheap, they wear out quickly and need to be replaced in a short time period. For this reason, asphalt roof installation professionals often suggest that their clients install reflective shingles, which can last a long time without replacement.
The second step to installing the roof is placing the underlayment on the top of the roof area. The most important part of the underpayment is the foam that goes between the shingles and the asphalt. Make sure that the foam is made of the material that is specially chosen for the job. You want to buy the highest quality foam you can afford. This is a very important part of how to install roofing and roof maintenance, because if the underpayment is not placed correctly, the roof could cave in.