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Guide to Rolled Roofing Prices

There are several different types of roofing materials available for homeowners on the market today. Depending on budget constraints and the shape and slope of roof that needs to be worked on, options vary. One type of roofing material commonly used is roll roofing. Roll roofing works like traditional shingle-clad roofing to protect the underlayment of the roof's structure.

There are many reasons why contractors choose roll roofing. The main one is because of the slope or shape of the roof. The goal is to create a waterproof exterior to prevent water and elements from damaging the home’s interior. Roll roofing may be used alone or in conjunction with other materials to complete a roof project. One thing to keep in mind is the cost of roll roofing. Prices vary depending on the amount of material used and if the homeowner needs to hire a contractor or builder for installation.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost of Roll Roofing: $30

  • Average maximum cost of Roll Roofing: $100 

Materials and Use

Roll or rolled roofing is made from the same durable, weatherproofing materials found in most standard shingles, although there are some less-durable varieties that are used with other materials to create a water-tight surface. It is specifically designed for flat roofs or roofs that have a slight slope to them. Most roll roofs are installed on porches, commercial building roofs, flat roofs, garages and additions.

Roll roofing is designed to help repel water that may build up or pool onto the roof’s surface. Unlike a standard roof, which likely has a slight slope to the top, a roll roof has no real way to allow water to overflow properly. This is why installation must be done correctly to prevent leakage and cracks in the roof area. It is important to have gutters, eavestroughs and run-offs to be properly installed on all corners of a flat roof. This allows water that builds up, a chance to flow away from the roof.

Porches very commonly have some sort of flat-roof surface. This means that roll roofing materials are commonly used as opposed to traditional shingles. Making sure that water doesn't build up on top of the roof can prevent the structure from rotting and reduce the risk of buckling.

Commercial building roofs in cities and other urban areas almost always have some sort of flat roof. Proper care must be maintained to keep the structure safe and sturdy for the residents of the building as well as maintain its overall appraisal value.

Some homes have sections of the structure which are flat such as a garage, new addition or breezeway connecting to parts of the structure together. Rolled roofing can be used in addition to other shingles or roofing materials to create as seamless of a surface as possible.

Roll roofing has several layers involved in its composition, including a felt-type layer surrounded by two overlapping shingle layers. Only one layer is needed—unlike some traditional shingled roof projects. It does come in a variety of colors such as gray, white, black and brown—to match up with an existing roof and siding.

Typically, the roll roof is measured, laid down and secured with fasteners such as galvanized roofing nails. Some brands, which are more expensive, come with a peel-and-stick backing for easier installation. It is important that a drip-edge is also installed properly, so that it flows straight into the eavestrough or gutter, allowing for proper drainage.

In most cases, standard roofing cement is used with installation. This can be pricier than traditional tar-type adhesives. If cost is an issue, tar is a cheaper option but can also be messier than roofing cement.

It is important that the weather cooperates for installation. Working in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit is not recommended. This prevents the adhesive from adhering and curing properly to create an air-tight seal. 

Homeowners should also keep in mind that in warmer climates, lighter colors are recommended for flat roofs. This helps reflect the hot sunlight. In colder climates in the northeast, dark or black roofs are also recommended. This can attract the sunlight and provide added heat to the structure during cold temperatures.

Advantages of Rolled Roofing

There are a lot of advantages or pros to installing a roll roof. The biggest one is the cost advantage compared to a clay roof or traditional asphalt-shingle roof. The cost of the rolls is less than half of what is needed for a shingled roof. With this in mind, homeowners can see a true cost savings for their overall home-improvement budget.

Rolled roofing is very easy to install, and there is minimal expertise needed to finish the job. Heavy-duty saws or nail guns don't need to be used, and without a slope, there isn't a huge risk of falling as with a traditional roofing job.

Roll roofing offers a great deal of color options to match with existing home colors, which allows for a finished look that is professional and adds curb appeal.

Disadvantages of Rolled Roofing

There are some cons to roll roofing. The main disadvantage is that rolled roofing does not last as long as traditional shingles. Areas will likely have to be replaced or tarred over within five years. Depending on how well the roof was installed, there is a high risk of tearing and cracks within the seams that will require patching or re-roofing.

It is important to inspect a roll roof annually to make sure that water flow off is taking place, and there isn't standing water or dips in the roofs surface. 

Roll roofing can really add value and appreciation to the appraisal of a home. A properly installed roll roof provides a layer of protection that shelters the structure and the contents underneath. It can be installed professionally by roofing contractors or by the homeowner. Materials are available at most large, home-improvement retailers, making it an affordable home-improvement project for almost any budget.

Last updated on Jul 28, 2014

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