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Thread: Patching tarpaper on a roof - do sides of patch go over or under?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Las Cruces, NM

    Patching tarpaper on a roof - do sides of patch go over or under?

    I need to repair the big hole in a shingled roof that was left when an evaporative cooler was removed. The hole in the wood has been closed with boards. Next I need to patch the hole in the tar paper. How is new tarpaper attached? Presumably, on the upward slope, I put the edge of the new tar paper under the edge of the old tar paper. On the downward slope the edge of the new tar paper goes over the old tar paper. But what happens on the sides?

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    I would just put a little roofing sealant over the side seems (or any tears), and then install the new shingles. Just make sure no two seams line up between layers, or use more sealant as necessary.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    So Cal
    Karl has it right.
    When I first read I missed the shingle part.
    So I deleted my first post.
    Sorry for any confusion.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Lafayette, IN
    No need for sealants under the roofing felt. You have accurately deduced the build-up for the top and bottom. The sides just need to overlap by at least 6”. Felt is just a secondary barrier anyway for wind-driven rain that makes its way under the shingles.

    "Don't get stuck on stupid." --Lt. Gen. Russel Honore

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    Thatís how I would go about it.
    If you have the edges of the existing tarpaper exposed for a few inches, you cut the patch a few inches bigger than the hole that needs to be patched.
    You can then make a couple of cuts on either side of the bottom or top edge, parallel to the roof ridge. So you can slide the patch in, going under the top and on top of the bottom.
    You seal the sides with ice and water barrier or some flashing tape.
    Be careful when using roofing cement under the shingles, not to create any ridges or humps that keep the shingles from laying flat.
    Good luck

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