Rolled roofing for a floor cloth?

sweets98July 7, 2007

I have NO clue who to ask but would it be safe and possible to use rolled roofing for a floor cloth? I'm thinking I'm only going to do this outside for an area in my yard but if it works, I could see myself trying it inside. I remember that roofing materials were made with asbestos years ago but what about now? Is there something dangerous in them still that we know of?

DH has this huge roll of the stuff that my Dad gave him to use for the shed roof but he also gave us shingles and we just used those. DH wanted to toss the rolled roofing and I remembered it could be used for landscaping for weed cover and it has worked well in one area. Only problem is there are no holes so water doesn't drain but I didn't want to worry about moving the glider to pull weeds.

Now I'm thinking a nice rug in this spot for looks. I have this glider and made two endtables from pavers and concrete blocks and a nice bench for a "coffee table" and I just feel it needs a rug now! LOL

Any thoughts/suggestions?

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Just talked to my DH about your question. He said it probably wouldn't be a good idea. The rolled roofing is treated with asphalt or tar. When it heats up, the tar starts bleeding through and smells. Plus, if you put the glider on top of it, it could possibly tear the roofing material.

I think it would be better if you used a piece of rolled vinyl. You can paint on the back of it and it works great! I've made several floorcloths out of it, and I feel it actually works better than the floor cloth canvas you can buy in a tube. The vinyl is smoother, and allows you to have sharper lines. Plus, I think it would withstand the elements without falling apart. Except extreme colds, which will cause the vinyl to get brittle.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2007 at 8:50PM
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I have the glider on top of some of this stuff now. I also have two concrete blocks with concrete pavers lying on top to make two endtables. Neither of those items have torn or did any damage to the rolled roofing. I put it down about a month ago. No smell either.

I haven't tried my idea yet. I will eventually and will most likely prime the whole thing first. I'm just going to try it outside.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 10:14PM
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