Laying roofing membrane - easier and faster than bitumen sheeting

In recent years, roofing membrane has established itself as a simple, high-quality alternative to the otherwise common bitumen sheeting or tar paper. You can read about the reasons for this and how to properly attach roofing membrane to a flat roof in this article.

Roofing membrane offers several advantages over conventional roofing

Covering flat roofs with tar paper is not as easy as it looks at first glance: a little skill and a little experience are certainly required to get a really tight roof.

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In addition, the two-layer installation required for roofing felt (€ 16.48 at Amazon *) n not only results in a higher cost of materials, but also a significantly higher expenditure of time.

For flat roofs in particular, bitumen roofing is not that advantageous in terms of durability and actual rainproofness.

Where EPDM film is superior to bitumen cover

  • it can be laid much more easily and without problems
  • it holds better even in extreme weather conditions
  • the tightness of the roof is reliably guaranteed for much longer periods of time than with bitumen roofing
  • Roofing membrane is particularly suitable for flat roofs

Attach roofing membrane - it's that easy

  • EPDM roofing membrane
  • Foil adhesive
  • Bitumen sheeting
  • scissors
  • Paint roller for the glue
  • if possible a helper
  • Street broom to smooth the film

1. Prepare the roof

As always, if something is to be glued tightly, the roof must be clean, dry and absolutely swept clean. Otherwise pointed splinters could tear a hole in the foil and make the foil leak.

2. Put on the foil

Lay the film loosely on the roof. You can also use this opportunity to cut the film to the roughly required size. Then let the film rest for at least half an hour before sticking it

3. Glue the foil

Fold the film back about halfway and apply the adhesive thinly and evenly to the roof surface.

Then place the folded back foil part in the glue and smooth out all folds and bumps with the street broom until the foil sticks well. Then take the second half and do the same.

After that, your roof will be completely airtight for a long time.

Tips & Tricks In the event of temperature differences, the film can easily curl or fold, even though it has been glued. But that has nothing to do with it and has no effect on the tightness.