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DIY Asphalt Roofing

DIY Asphalt roofing

Yeah, that’s right. We don’t put the asphalt just on the roads, but also on the roofs. But don’t be fooled by the name. The asphalt we put on roofs is slightly different. In this brief article, we will discuss the pros and cons of using DIY asphalt roofing.

Asphalt can be used in several styles. Either you can lay entire plates on the roof, or you can also get shingles made of asphalt. The asphalt holds on wooden plates, formwork, and is usually attached to the wooden support.

Asphalt Shingles

You also need to add a ridge sheet. Whichever roof you will be making, you need to make sure that it has ridges covered. The joints are usually the culprits causing leakages, so it is always better to prevent that by covering all joints with ridges, as shown below:

DIY asphalt roofing details

The nails you should use are slightly different in shape, they are called “roofing nails”:

Roofing nails 1″ / 25mm

Asphalt roofing can have various shapes and colour variations. However, the essential factor for your house is the hydro insulation. Asphalt is great for classic A-shaped roofs, like the one of AlexisMarion or Diana.

Asphalt Roofing
Asphalt Shingles

As with metal plating, you need to make sure that the layers overlap to prevent leakage, as shown below:


Diagram of double-layered roof hydro insulation

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