Installing rolled roofing is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your home from the elements. It’s a durable and long lasting solution, requiring minimal maintenance. The key to a successful installation is preparation and following instructions carefully. This guide outlines the process for installing rolled roofing, from material selection to tools needed, and provides troubleshooting tips along the way.

Materials Needed for Installation:

Before starting any project, it’s essential to have all the necessary materials on hand. For installing rolled roofing, you’ll need the following items:

• Rolled roofing of appropriate size and color for your home

• Nails or staples for attaching rolled roofing to substrate

• Metal flashing for around vents, chimneys and other protrusions

• Underlayment as needed in areas prone to moisture or water collection

• Caulking or sealant as needed for seams or around protrusions

In addition to the rolled roofing materials, there are several tools you should have on hand before beginning this project. These include a hammer, utility knife, adjustable wrench, staple gun (or nail gun), caulk gun, trowel (for applying sealant), straight edge and measuring tape.

Preparing the Roof Substrate:

Before installing rolled roofing you’ll need to make sure your substrate is ready by cleaning off any dirt or debris that can interfere with installation. If necessary you can also use a light power washing tool like an air compressor to remove any stubborn grime or stuck-on dirt. After everything has been cleared away you’ll need to make sure that all edges are smooth so that they don’t catch on anything when being installed. Once you’re satisfied that everything is clean and ready then it’s time to begin installation! In case where you prefer a useful source on roofing, look at this website.

Installing Rolled Roofing:

Once all materials have been gathered and the substrate has been prepared then you can begin installing the rolled roofing itself. Start by unrolling it over the area where it will be applied, making sure that sides are even and flat against one another. Securely attach each side of rolled roofing using nails or staples every 2 inches along each edge of material (or according to manufacturer’s instructions). Make sure excess material is trimmed away where appropriate so that edges fit flush against one another without overlapping too much. Once everything is securely in place then move onto adding flashing around any vents, chimneys or other protrusions as well as underlayment in areas prone to water collection (if required). Finish up by caulking around seams or other joints using a caulking gun and trowel as needed then allow 24 hours for sealant/caulk dry time before testing out your new installation!   

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I install rolled roofing myself?

Yes! Installing rolled roofing isn’t overly difficult if you follow instructions carefully and have all of the necessary tools & materials on hand before starting your project. It may take some practice but overall it can be a relatively easy task with some patience!   

How do I know what size & color of rolled roofing I need?  

The best way to determine this is contact a professional who specializes in this type of installation they can help answer any questions you may have & assist in choosing an appropriate product based on your specific needs & preferences!    

Do I need special tools or equipment?  

Depending on what type of project you’re completing yes most projects will require at least basic tools such as hammers & measuring tapes while more complex installers may require staple guns & air compressors depending on their scope/scale!     


Installing rolled roofing properly is an important part of protecting your home from the elements while ensuring long lasting results. With careful preparation & following instructions carefully anyone can successfully complete this task with minimal effort! Be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines when selecting materials as well as read any additional instructions included prior to beginning work in order for best results possible; good luck.

Bill Sutton
How To Install Rolled Roofing: Step-By-Step Guide