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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Peel And Stick

I got home yesterday to find SM stapling the drip edge to the roof. 

While he did that, I got busy and mowed the lawn until he was ready for my help. 

The underlayment is pretty interesting stuff.  Since we did the tongue and groove roof, we can't install what most would consider a traditional roof because roofing shingles are usually attached with nails.  The tongue and groove is thin so it would show all those nails.

Vince suggested a product that he uses in Florida called Elastoflex SA V.  (The asphalt shingles that we'll use are also Elastoflex SA P.)

Long story short, this stuff is basically peel and stick.  No nails or staples. 

Roll is out.
Cut it to size.
Roll it back up so you can haul it up onto the roof.  (Trust me, 30 foot lengths of asphalt on SM's shoulder to hoick up the ladder was something to see.)

Unroll it, overlapping the previous piece.
Unpeel the adhesive backing and press down to stick.

SM went through one pair of heavy duty gloves on the first pass.  The heat burned holes in the gloves. 

Then SM remembered he had a pair of welding gloves and used those to finish the job.  (Along with a pair of strap-on kneepads.)

All in all it's easy stuff to work with but it was a clear hot, day and by 5pm we both had those raging heat headaches.

Today finds both SM and I dog ass tired

We've got a tiny bit of underlayment to cut around the area where the bay window meets the new roof and another patch under the gutters.  SM says he'll do that but then that's it.

SM says he needs a break. 

I suppose if we were both 20 years younger we'd keep plowing ahead but there's only so much that our back's, knee's and feet can handle.  We're both pretty sore.

Vince assures us that the underlayment can be rained on all week and it will still end up protecting the roof.  He's says that's why they use it in Florida.  If a hurricane rips off the shingles, the underlayment is still there to protect the house.

So we're going to save the asphalt peel and stick for next weekend.


  1. Good thinking . . . no sense killing yourselves in one fell swoop! Doing anything in hot, hot weather is always tough, but a roofing job? Ugh. The only good thing about these jobs is that once the work is done, we do forget how much brutal work it was. You'll get many years of enjoyment out of your new covered deck, that's for sure.

  2. Hmmmm, peel & stick. Will have to look into that because (hopefully) we've got two new roof jobs in the very near future.

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