I have a garden shed that I need to re-roof. I put roll-roofing on 10
years ago and during one of our wettest winters of all time this year,
it started to leak.
I followed the instructions to a "T" when I did this in 1996.....But in
talking to a roofer, he asked if I "face-nailed" the roll roof. I had
to ask him what he meant, and he explained that was when bare nail
heads were left exposed.
Well, yes, I did, although I covered each nail with that black roofing
Anyway, as mentioned I followed the instructions on the roll roofing
and they showed face-nailing, but didn't mention the tar, that was my
The roofer laughed and said, "yeah, they do say to face-nail don't
He then said if I hadn't face-nailed, I might have gotten another five
to seven years. Since he wants $700 to three-tab the roof, I thought
I'd go back to the $40 roll roofing job and do it myself.
But, If I don't face-nail, how DO I do this. I looked in the roofing
books at the local library, but they don't seem to cover roll roofing.