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Charlotte Roofing: Article About Steps To Waterproofing A Roof

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The number one reason why locals turn to Charlotte roofing experts is because they notice signs of water damage. They may call because water is dripping from the ceiling, the ceiling is beginning to sag or they see cracks in their ceilings or walls. Applying a waterproof membrane to the roof is the best way to prevent future water damage from occurring and to stop the spread of the current damage. This typically involves several specific steps, and most contractors recommend that locals opt for both the application of a waterproof sealant and the installation of some type of waterproof membrane.

The underlayment used on homes today comes in several different varieties, including tar paper and asphalt felt. Underlayment also comes in a rubber version that is just as strong as tar or asphalt but does a better job of preventing leaks than those materials do. Rubber underlayment typically comes wrapped around a cardboard tube. This allows contractors to slowly unroll the rubber, place the rubber on the roof and use a utility knife to cut through it to fit around elements and projections like the chimney.

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Unlike traditional rubber, which is thick and hard to move, rubber underlayment is more lightweight and flexible. This underlayment acts as the base ply for the roof.

Prior to installing a rubber underlayment, the roofing contractors will need to remove any existing materials from the roof to ensure that the underlayment is applied properly. Shingles should easily come off with a little force applied with a hammer, and if there is any adhesive residue on the roof, roofers will remove it. They may also clean the roof and check for any uneven areas before applying a primer designed to level out the surface. The primer slowly moves across the roof to fill in any uneven spaces.

Applying multiple layers of waterproof sealant is the last step. The sealant comes in large buckets and is ready to use. Contractors typically use large rollers that are similar to those used when painting walls. They apply a smooth and even coating of the product while standing on the roof to ensure that it completely coats the entire surface. Roofers generally recommend using at least two coats of the sealant to waterproof the roof, but based on the current condition of the structure, they may even use more coats. Once the sealant dries, they can install new shingles right on top of the sealant.

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