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The dome is essentially all roof. Leaky
domes are caused by incorrect roofing
applications and poorly designed and installed
skylights. The Natural Spaces Domes complete
building system insures a watertight and leak
free home for decades to come.
Our extensively illustrated construction manual shows
you or your builder roofing techniques that we
have perfected over the last 40 years in the
design and construction of over a thousand
Our experience is your gain.
95% of our customers use high grade dimensional asphalt shingles to roof their dome. Following our time-proven installation techniques and using Natural Spaces Domes custom and VELUX skylights, you will have a leak-free roof for many years to come. Most asphalt shingle manufacturers require some form of ventilation under their shingles and above the insulation in order to maintain their 30-50 year warranty. Our ventilated air space between the exterior panel and the insulation satisfies this requirement.
Asphalt shingles with a fiberglass layer provide enough pliability to bend over the dome panel. An all-fiberglass shingle seems to be too stiff. We do not recommend the cheap 3-tab shingle due to appearance, more waste and a maximum life of only 10 - 15 years. Plus they really don't work on domes - the wind lifts the tabs. 40 year shingles are much higher quality than 30 year. Ultra or "50 year" Lifetime warranted shingles should be used in high wind area or for maximum longevity. Timberline shingles include an algae-eater protection as an option. When shingles are ordered with your dome kit, they are shipped free because our trucker ships by the mile, not by the total weight. (A square is 100 sq ft of area). Class “A” fire rated.
Our curb-mounted skylights with 5" flashing
extensions are an integral part of our
complete watertight roof system. Other
skylights come with only a 1 1/2” to 2”
flashing - barely enough to cover the shingles.
Our flashings are enamelized aluminum or
PVC coated aluminum so you never have to
repaint them. We offer them in 30 colors to
blend with your shingles and match your trim.
Extensive use of ice and water- shield
membranes, metal base flared drip edges,
oversized drip and roof edge flashings are
other ways we ensure a long lasting leak free
We shingle triangle by triangle with a 6”
overlap of the lower triangle by the upper
triangle. We do not use or allow ridge caps
on any of the joints. We do not have leaks.
Reinke aluminum shakes are another
option. They have a limited lifetime warranty
and come in 9 colors and real copper. They are rated for 150 mph wind speeds.
cedar shakes or shingles can be used if you
have an experienced roofer who has applied
The dome below has an elastomeric liquid
roofing system. Texture can be added to this
system. Our Natural Spaces dome, because
it is ventilated under the roofing plywood and
uses touch-sanded plywood, is ideally suited
for this application.
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