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5 Tips for Installing Roof Shingles

5 Tips for Installing Roof Shingles

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June 11, 2010

Installing roof shingles can actually be an enjoyable project. Yes, you are probably going to be working in the hot sun, and you are more than likely going to be dirty and sweaty by the time you are done, but seeing the roof come together row after row can be very satisfying.

Tips for Installing Roof Shingles

Ready to tackle installing roof shingles? Here are a few tips to ensure your success:

  • Put safety first. Ask a few friends to help you with the job. The work moves faster, the conversation can be pleasant, and the safety factor increases when you have someone there watching out for you.
  • Always overestimate. How many shingles do you need? When you have it figured out, add five to ten percent to the number, and that's what you should buy. This accounts for wastage and calculation mistakes. As an added bonus, if you have shingles left over, they can be used for any future repairs that may be necessary.
  • Use a felt underlay. Though some roofing companies consider the felt underlay to be an unnecessary step, using it can give you peace of mind--and that's definitely worth the small price of the felt.
  • Hire a dumpster. Removing shingles can lead to a significant mess. Rather than gathering them up from the ground at the end of a long day, make the job easier by renting a dumpster. Have it placed right beside the house, so you can simply toss the shingles over the edge.
  • Call in a pro. You may choose to install roof shingles yourself; however, roofs with dormers, unusual angles, or decorative areas might call for the help of a professional roofing contractor.

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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