In most Lake in the Hills IL residential roof installation guides, contractors often use asphalt shingle installations as an example. Upon reading, you’ve definitely seen the time and effort it can consume and completely gave up on the idea of DIY roof installations. However, if you knew how to put on rolled roofing, you’d know any homeowner can do it by themselves.

Many rolled roofing variants are available for Lake in the Hills IL homeowners. These include asphalt rolled roofing, EPDM, TPO, PVC, and the basic roofing underlayment. To get started building your own roof from scratch, continue reading.

How to Put on Rolled Roofing

  1. What is Rolled Roofing?
  2. Material Costs
  3. Installation Methods (3 Items)
  4. Roll Roofing Repairs
  5. Rolled vs. Traditional Roofing Materials (3 items)
  6. Making Sure You Have Excellent Installations

How to Put on Rolled Roofing: What is Rolled Roofing?

Before we go on how to put on rolled roofing, we’ll answer this question to avoid any confusion.

Rolled roofing is any single-ply membrane that requires unrolling and flattening to install. In fact, these materials use adhesives, staples, nails, or heat welds to install or melt on the roof deck surface.

Here are the different rolled roofing types for Lake in the Hills IL homeowners:

  • Asphalt Rolled Roofing: The simplest form of rolled roofing. Manufacturers use a combination of tar and asphalt to protect a waterproof felt paper membrane underneath.
  • Modified Bitumen: The upgraded version of asphalt rolled roofing. Additionally, it uses a heat weld for effective installation and roof deck protection.
  • EPDM: Ethylene propylene diene monomer. In fact, contractors refer to it as rubber roofs. The most affordable yet efficient membrane roofing material
  • PVC: Polyvinyl chloride. These use the same pipe plastics imbued with fiberglass and talc for added protection and durability.
  • TPO: Thermoplastic polyolefin. Indeed, the improved version of EPDM materials. Comes in different colors.
rolled tpo roofing material with plastic protector

TPO comes in different colors and is the improved version of rubber roofing materials

Roll Roofing Cost

How to put on rolled roofing effectively? Know how much you’re paying for materials.

Each material is efficient and capable of withstanding heavy rainstorms and a handful of hailstorms. In fact, most manufacturers estimate them to last from 15-40 years. Here’s a breakdown of roofing material costs for your reference:

  • Asphalt Rolled Roofing: $5-$6 per square foot
  • Modified Bitumen: $7-$10 per square foot
  • EPDM: $0.4 per square foot
  • TPO: $7-$8 per square foot
  • PVC: $10-$12 per square foot

Rolled Roofing Installation Methods

Concealed Nail Method Roll Roofing

Here’s how to put on rolled roofing with the concealed nail method.

First, you must pay the sheets out vertically. In fact, unroll them from the eaves towards the ridges.

Then, allow them to warm up in the sun to help them flatten against your roof deck. In doing so, you prevent them from wrinkling.

Next, cut strips of 9-inch width. Then, place them along the eaves and rakes of your roof with nails. These will serve as the starting and end points of your rolled seams.

Upon landing on the edge strips, use roofing cement to adhere the seam to the overlapped edge strips. When you’re installing consecutive courses, make sure to overlap the previous course by six inches to ensure a watertight seal.

contractors installing a self-adhering residential rolled roof

Make sure you install the edge strips first (on the right of the photo) before installing the sheets to conceal them.

Peel and Stick Roofing

Many rolled roofing products have a strong adhesive that faces towards the roof deck. True enough, self-adhesive rolled roofing is easy for any homeowner to do.

First, you must unroll the roofing material on your roof. Then, allow the sun to flatten it naturally through its warmth.

Next, clean the roof deck to remove debris and other dirt that will affect the adhesive performance of the rolled roofing material.  Then, align the rolled roofing on the lowest roof edge. Next, pull back a bit of the release paper to stick the roofing material on the roof edge.

As you peel the release paper, use a hand roller to flatten the material as you stick it onto your roof deck. Cut the roof material using a utility knife before starting the next course. In addition, make sure each course overlaps each other by six inches.

Hot Roll Roofing/Heat Welded

Modified bitumen and PVC often use heat welding when roofing a flat roof or a high-sloped variant. Unfortunately, this rules out any DIY low slope roofing with both materials given the dangerous nature of heat welds

First, contractors will position all rolled roofing materials across the roof. Second, they will let sunlight warmth flatten the materials until ready for use.

Third, using a special blowtorch and roller, they will unfurl the rolled roofing material and melt it as they continue. Fourth, they’ll use the roller to even out and prevent material wrinkling.

Lastly, they’ll continue melting the material on your roof until they cover each area effectively.

Related: How to Replace Your Roof Effectively

Roll Roofing Repairs

DIY roll roofing repairs is possible for self-adhering and nailed roofing seams.

For self-adhering roofs, homeowners can cut strips of their respective roofing material. Then, they can plug any leaks or damages on their roofing materials quickly. In fact, they can do this during a strong storm.

Nailed rolled roofing requires homeowners to remove the nails from the affected seams. Next, they must cut off the damaged material using a utility knife. Lastly, they can cut new undamaged rolled roofing material and nail it to secure it in place.

Related: How to Stop a Roof Leak During a Strong Storm

Is Rolled Roofing Better Than Traditional Residential Roofing Materials?


Rolled roofing only costs about $0.4-$13. It is a practical material to use, which makes it a favorite among most commercial properties. However, homeowners can use them to their advantage too.

Durability and Longevity

Asphalt rolled roofing is the easiest to install, but it can only last for 15-25 years. Meanwhile, PVC requires professional installations yet can deliver 30-40 years of effective protection even against multiple hailstorms. In fact, EPDM is the most practical choice by delivering 25-30 years of excellent protection for just $0.4 per square feet.

Curb Appeal

Unfortunately, when it comes to flat versus traditional roof materials, residential roof materials win in terms of curb appeal and improved value for properties. No rolled roofing material can parallel the beautiful look and appeal of asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and others.

How To Make Sure I Have Excellent Rolled Roofing Installation in No Time

Even if rolled roofing simplifies residential roofing installations, it will still take one to three weekends you might have for yourself. In fact, you might spend more weekends installing your rolled roof if you find your installation unsatisfactory.

For this reason, we at Contemporary Exteriors offer to install any rolled roofing material on your property. We are a decades-experienced roofing contractor servicing properties in your area the best way possible. Contact us today!