5 Tips for Installing Roof Shingles
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
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
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