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Dome RoofingRoofing Introduction

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 domes.

Our experience is your gain.




Roof Skylight Flashing

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 dome home.

OverlapWe 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. Period.

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.

Real cedar shakes or shingles can be used if you have an experienced roofer who has applied them before.

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.












Dome Roofing Systems (click on box to go to that section)

Asphalt Shingles

Roofing Introduction

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Aluminum Shakes

Aluminum Shakes

Elastomeric Liquid Coatings

Elastomeric Liquid Coatings

Wood Shakes

Wood Shakes

Roofing Paper Underlayment

Roofing Underlayment

Aluminum Trim and Flashing

Aluminum Trim
and Flashing



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