Understanding Roll Roofing

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What is Roll Roofing? Meet this budget-friendly alternative to shingles for your shed or unattached garage
Denton Country a roof with roll roofing being applied

If you’re looking for a roofing material to complete a roofing project, one budget-friendly alternative to shingles is roll roofing.

Roll Roofing is a common material that many DIY roofers opt for because it is easier to install without the help of a professional than shingles.

However, before you commit to using roll roofing for your roof, you should first understand exactly what this material is.

What is Roll Roofing?

Also known as MSR, this is an asphalt-based product that is available in rolls of 100 square feet. It’s an easily available material, and you can find it in most – if not all – home improvement stores.

When compared to asphalt shingles, it is thinner, larger, and cheaper. At the same time, it is also less durable. Shingles are also far less likely to tear or crack. This is because any stress applied to the roof is distributed across the individual shingles, as opposed to the single roll of roll roofing.

This material is not just budget-friendly; it is often the cheapest roofing material available. This is as not only is the material cheap, it is also far easier to install this material on your own as compared to shingles and metal roofs, which means your labor cost might be free. You don’t need too many extra materials – aside from the rolls, you will only need roofing nails.

Where to Use

This material is rarely used for residential structures and homes. Instead, it is a popular material for functional structures and buildings. These include shops, barns, garages, children’s treehouses, work sheds, and more.

An important thing to keep in mind when deciding on whether or not to use this material is the shape of your roof. It is most popular (and functional) on roofs that have low slopes.

There are several advantages of this material. These include:


As mentioned above, this is perhaps the least expensive roofing material available. All additional materials are also budget-friendly.


It is easy to install this material on roofs. It goes down quickly, unlike shingles, which need to be applied one at a time.


Buying shingles or a metal roof means having to figure out how to transport it to your home. Unlike those materials, rolled roofing is both light and easy to transport. You also don’t need to figure out how to transport the materials from the ground to the top of your home – unlike other materials, which can require the help of a crane to lift up, you can lift up rolled roofing by yourself to the top of your roof.


If you’re looking for a way to update your shingled roof but are unable to remove and replace the shingles, you can simply apply rolled roofing on top of the shingles. All you need to do is ensure that the surface of the roof is free of debris, dust, and dirt so that you don’t have to worry about the MSR being punctured.

Life Span

The actual length of time a roll roofing structure is expected to last depends on several factors, including how it’s installed, how it’s sustained, and how it faces different types of weather conditions.

In general, the longer the actual structure’s lifespan, the higher the value that it will add to the structure.

Several different types of materials can be used to create rolled roofs, and how they are constructed has an effect on their lifespan, so be careful when choosing the brand.

Final Thoughts

Roll roofing is a good option for individuals who want to work on their roofs themselves. However, not everyone is comfortable with going the DIY route. Furthermore, many people are confused about which roofing material is the best option for their homes.

If you have any questions or concerns about roofing or are looking for a professional to help you with your roof, contact DKG Roofing at (940) 497-2833. We’d love to answer any questions that you might have and help guide you through the process of choosing the right roofing materials to meet your needs.

Denton Country a roof with roll roofing being applied

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