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Article on How To Apply Roof Fabric

For use on:

  • Smooth tar roofs*
  • Roof decks


  • Lasts longer
  • Added strength
  • Keeps the roof from splitting
  • Reduces movement

* Not for use on tar and gravel roofs

Ames'® Polyester Contouring Roof Fabric adds substantial strength to the coating of roof surfaces. It reinforces the coating to resist ripping and tearing. Roof Fabric increases penetration resistance. It may be cut to different widths for specialized jobs. Roof Fabric is especially useful for roof decks and gutter areas and may be used over plywood, concrete, metal and many other surfaces.

Do-It-Yourself in three easy steps
Roof Fabric is normally set with Super Elasto-Barrier , but in special cases may be set with Maximum-Stretch, Snow Seal®, or Iron Coat. Surface preparation is everything. Prepare the roof by removing dirt, moss and other debris. Power wash and let dry thoroughly. Prime the roof smooth and apply seam tape and Super Elasto-Barrier to all joints and seams.

Step one: Starting at one end pour out a liberal amount of coating onto the surface. Use a push broom or roller to spread the coating out in a path slightly wider than the roof fabric being used. Roll the fabric into the wet coating until the coating comes up through the fabric and totally saturates it. This is best done by laying the roll of fabric down and pushing it forward into the wet coating with the push broom or roller while the excess coating comes up through the fabric. Avoid folds and wrinkles. Use a liberal amount of coating. The fabric will absorb almost two gallons per 100 square feet.

Step two: With the roller or push broom, pull the excess coating off to the side in preparation for laying the next row of fabric. Use the lap line on the fabric roll as a guide. One may butt or overlap the fabric. If you choose to overlap the fabric, overlap its entire length by three to four inches. Overlap may leave a seam. Repeat this process until the entire surface is completely covered with fabric. Allow to dry completely 24 to 48 hours.

Step three: To complete the roof fabric application process, apply an additional coat over the surface to completely seal and fill all remaining pinhole openings in the fabric. The goal is to have all pinholes filled and no less than 30 mils of thickness (a dime). The coating is best applied by pouring out and spreading. Topcoat with Ames'® Maximum-Stretch, Safe-T-Deck or Snow Seal® according to label specifications. Allow proper drying between coats.

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