How to Install Continuous Roof Flashing (continuous roof flashing)
Continuous Roof Flashing (CRF) is a type of roofing system which allows for continuous installation of roofing material over the course of time. CRFs are used on roofs with low ceilings or those that have limited space such as decks, patios, porches and other types of small structures. The term “flashing” refers to the way in which the roofing materials are installed.
Flashing is a term that describes the method in which the roofing material is laid down. For example, it could mean laying it out flat and then fastening one piece at a time with nails or screws. In some cases, flaking roofing may be used instead of flashing. Flashing is often preferred because it provides better drainage than tiling, but requires less maintenance since there’s no need to replace all the tiles every few years.
The key feature of continuous roof flashing is that it does not require any special tools or skills. A professional installer will be able to perform the job in under two hours. You don’t even need a drill; just a hammer and chisel. Once the roofing material is installed, you simply replace your existing tile or shingle siding with new flashing.
In addition to roofing materials, CRFs are sometimes made from metal shingle sheathing. Metal shingle sheathing is a common choice for many applications due to its strength and durability. However, if the roofing material contains asbestos, then it must not be used in conjunction with CRFs. If the roofing material does contain asbestos, then it must be removed before installing continuous flashing.
The best roofing material to use is aluminum. It’s dirt cheap, comes in a wide range of colors, won’t rust and can last for decades without any maintenance. That being said, you can use copper, galvanized steel or tin if you prefer the look. The only major disadvantage with those materials is that they aren’t as durable. Galvanized steel will last the longest (50 years or more), but it’s also the most expensive and difficult to find.
If it is uncertain whether or not the material does contain asbestos, it is best to assume that it does.
In addition to protecting roofing materials from water damage, continuous roof flashing also acts as a weather barrier. This means that it provides extra protection against wind and rain. There are several different types of flashing, each one designed for a specific purpose.
Galvanized steel: This is ideal for high wind areas because it is heavy enough not to blow away. It doesn’t dent easily, but it can develop leaks around the nails.
Aluminum: This is light enough that it won’t damage your roof, but strong enough to last several decades. It doesn’t develop leaks and never needs to be replaced. However, aluminum isn’t as strong as galvanized steel and is more likely to break.
Copper: This is the most expensive roofing option, but also the most attractive. It is extremely durable and very unlikely to ever need replacement. The only downside is that it becomes green with verdigris over time, which isn’t always a bad thing since it adds to the charm.
Tin: This is a less common alternative to copper. It lasts about as long and is just as attractive, but it isn’t quite as strong and more prone to rusting.
Tile: This is the traditional material used in Spain. Terra cotta tiles come in many different designs and colors. They are extremely durable and can last for centuries. They have a natural look that blends well with most settings, but they are quite heavy and the roof framing must be reinforced before installing.
The building code in your area may restrict or prohibit the use of certain roofing materials. Whether you are required to comply with the building code or not, it is strongly advised that you only use materials that are rated for residential applications. Using any other materials will be at your own risk.
There are two main types of roofing: steep and shallow. A steep roof has a high pitch or inclination, measured in degrees; while a shallow roof has a low pitch. A shallow roof is preferable because it makes the interior feel more spacious. You can either use one large area of roofing or several smaller ones, whichever is more practical for your situation.
The easiest way to build a CRF is with square panels made from wood or metal. You can also use pre-fabricated roof tiles made from the same materials. If you want a more traditional looking CRF, you can use large tree limbs to create a thatched roof. You will need to either weave the tree limbs together or use something like rope to hold them in place.
Before putting the roof on, it is necessary to put up walls and a floor. Otherwise, everything you put on top of the framework will blow away as soon as there is any wind. If you plan to build the walls first, they must also be secured against wind. This can either be done by using a heavier material or by securing them into the ground. If neither of these options are feasible, then at least try to build the walls at a right angle towards the ground so that the wind has less exposure to push against.
You now have three choices on how to construct your roof. You can either build one large roof that extends over the entire CRF, or you can build several smaller roofs that each cover part of it. Either way, you must use a framing system to hold everything in place. The easiest method is to use poles or beams to create the initial structure and lay lighter material over that. Another method is to create a rigid frame using wood or metal and covering that with whatever material you are using for the roof.
The next step is to waterproof your roof. You can do this in a few ways. The simplest solution is to paint the entire roof before laying your material of choice. Another solution is to use a liquid solution to seal the material after it has been installed. A third option, and not necessarily more difficult, is to use a flexible material that is already waterproof.
Whatever you do, don’t skimp on this part. A good solid roof is essential to your CRF’s survival.
You may also want to consider adding a small overhang, or porch area, in front of your entryway. This provides a little extra cover from the rain and snow.
Your next concern is weather protection on the walls. You can either install some type of weather stripping, or cover the entire wall with a larger piece of material. It is usually easier to just add an extra layer and paint it to match whatever materials you are using.
Another consideration for the walls is anchoring them. The best way to do this is to build them into a natural rock face or earth mound so they don’t blow over in high winds. This isn’t always an option, so you can also build them with a frame and solid material so that they won’t blow over. This is most effective if the walls are at least six feet tall, but this will require more materials and effort to construct.
Finally, you need to decide on a flooring system. The cheapest alternative is to just cover the dirt ground with bark or large cloths. Just make sure these are tacked down well or they will end up everywhere. You can also place a solid material over the ground, such as wood or stone slabs. You will need to create a frame to lay these horizontal surfaces over.
Whatever you do, make sure the floor is sturdy, clean and dry.
Once you’ve completed your home, you need to furnish it. A nice clean bed to sleep in is always a plus. You can also add chairs, storage containers, tables and other things as necessary. Try not to make your home look too cluttered or it will reduce your ability to maneuver quickly. That’s really all there is to it.
Have fun, and good luck!
Created by Jesse Phillips (ChugeStar)
Sources & references used in this article:
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- Roof flashing with improved drip guard (CD Stearns – US Patent 5,170,597, 1992 – Google Patents)
- Molded roof flashing system (J Zdeb, B Zdeb – US Patent App. 11/072,203, 2005 – Google Patents)
- Roof flashing assembly (HH Edwards – US Patent 3,090,161, 1963 – Google Patents)