Dos and Don’ts: Installing Onduline Roofing
Onduline roofing is a popular choice for application in both DIY and professional grade projects. With a history of over 70 years, Onduline has achieved its favoured name as the result of being subject to some serious rigorous testing and development.
What is Onduline Roofing?
For those unfamiliar, Onduline roofing is a bituminous corrugated roofing solution. The roofing sheets are composed of a single layer of organic fibres, melded with bitumen through an intensive pressure and heat process – giving the final product a highly durable finish.
Onduline roofing is often the first material of choice by enthusiasts and professionals due to its weatherproof qualities – a properly fitted sheet is expected to last for fifteen years!
Of course, if Onduline roofing isn’t applied in the correct way, then sheeting may not stand up to the test of time quite so long. We share our top tips to ensure you get the best out of your Onduline roofing purchases:
Get Your Measurements Right
Onduline roofing only comes in one length – 2m x 0.95m – so your first port of call should be to ensure that you have enough material for the job. Of course sheets can be cut, but there’s a minimum requirement for overhang (70mm at the eaves) and pitching (5 degrees.)
Ensure You Have the Right Accessories
At Ecoline Roofing Systems, we recommend a minimum of 30 fixings per sheet – so it serves well to have a little in reserve. It’s also a good idea to use the Onduline branded fixings – these have been designed specifically for Onduline roofing applications – and they’re available in a colour to match your chosen roofing colour.
You’ll likely also want to cut your sheeting to size – for this, power tools are the preference, such as a circular saw (coarse blade.) If you don’t have an appropriate power tool to hand, then a well-oiled coarse tooth manual hand saw should do the trick.
Install Your Sheets in the Right Conditions
Bitumen by its nature is prone to softening up under high temperatures. Therefore, it’s recommended against installing bitumen on a hot summer’s day. If the temperature is approaching 35 degrees Celsius – hold off until things cool down. The likelihood is if it’s that hot in the UK, it probably won’t rain any time soon anyway!
Buying Onduline Roofing
Onduline roofing is a great solution for any DIY project. When implemented correctly, roofing can last over a decade – making it a worthy investment. To start your next roofing project, head on over to Ecoline Roofing Systems offices to browse our selection of Onduvilla Tiles.