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How to Apply Tar on a Roof

Tar and Gravel Roof

Tar is an oily and dark mixture of coal tar and byproducts of petroleum which has been an important feature in construction projects. Gravel refers to rock fragments and river stones. These two materials can provide a strong resilient exterior on many roofs, sheltering the house from rain, hail, snow and any other weather based inconvenience.

The way these are used for beneficial purposes will be explained in detail in this article! We hope you take something useful from our research and information.

Firstly, you need to consider the average temperature of your region in order to start working. If you fear there will be rain, hail, snow or extreme cold or hot temperature, it is best to wait until the weather becomes less extreme.

When you install tar and gravel on a roof, 70 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature.  If it’s too cold, the roofing material may respond subpar. Conversely, if it’s too hot, roofers run the risk of tearing the materials. Not to mention the working conditions for the roofers may be affected by extreme weather conditions.

Once the weather is right, you can begin installing the tar and gravel roof. But first, make sure you have the following materials:

  1. Gloves
  2. Face mask
  3. Measuring Tape
  4. Extension Pole
  5. Buckets
  6. Ladders
  7. Rollers
  8. Roofing tar

Once you have your work gloves on ,attach the rollers to the extension pole and dip it in the bucket containing tar. Use your ladder to climb onto the roof and roll the tar in small quantities over a large surface area. Keep doing it till the whole roof is covered completely then let the tar settle and dry. Your tar bucket will have a certain time period written on its side which is the time interval required for the tar to settle.  

Tips for Applying Tar and Gravel Roof:

  1. It is important to understand tar gives off toxic fumes; thus it is necessary to wear a face mask.
  2. Before you start, it’s best to clean the roof as best you can.  Sweep up dust and debri so the tar has the best chance at sticking and settling.
  3. Gloves are important to wear as well, since hot tar can potentially burn you. Protective work gloves are a must.
  4. Roof tar is also extremely slippery – people have slid off of roofs due to tar’s slippery nature. Be extremely cautious when walking on the roof to prevent potential injuries or death.
  5. It is a good idea to leave the tar bucket in sunlight for about an hour. The sunlight manages to reduce the viscosity of the tar making it easier to apply on roofs.

While this guide is extremely helpful for the purpose of understanding how a tar and gravel roof is installed, we hope to impart the importance of health safety with this type of project.  If you are considering installing a tar and gravel roof on your house, it is best to consult a roofing expert to avoid any unnecessary health problems or wasted time and money.  

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