Get To Know Your Roof: Roll Roofing

Also known as membrane, Asphalt roll roofing is an inexpensive material mainly used for roofs that feature a sloped pitch and is common in North America. It is made of the same materials used in asphalt shingles, basically organic or fiberglass felt saturated with asphalt and faced with granular stone aggregate. Roll roofing is restricted to a lightweight mat compare to regular shingles and must be rolled for shipment (hence the name). As it is lighter and less robust than shingles it is regarded mainly as a temporary, cheap material.

Roll roofing is restricted to roofs with a pitch of 2:12 or greater. It is applied parallel to the eaves, layered like shingles, from the bottom to the top of the roof.

Rolled roofing is used:

  • for outbuildings
  • as a backup water catching and wind stopping layer under roofing tiles and slate
  • There are various types available according to region and company, contact ARS for more information and to schedule a FREE inspection to see if rolled roofing is an option for you.

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