6 Steps on How to Shingle a Roof
Though learning how to shingle a roof is not difficult, the
project itself can be massive. Depending upon the size of your
roof, the pitch, and the kind of shingles you want to use, a
professional roofing contractor might be your best bet.
How to Shingle a Roof Yourself
- Research! Learn how to shingle a
roof by reading everything you can about doing it yourself. If you
find the situation is too complex, look into hiring a roofing
- Gather tools. The tools you need
for shingling your roof are probably already in your toolbox. A
good hammer, square-edged garden shovel, pry bar, and a sturdy
extension ladder are the basics.
- Order materials. Draw a map of your
roof, complete with precise measurements, and work out the area
required. Take into account gables and dormers. Don't forget about
flashing for any exposed pipes, chimneys, and other vulnerable
areas. Then order the proper amount of shingles, plus a bit
- Remove old shingles. If you have a
single layer of shingles, it's okay to put down another layer over
them. More than one layer, however, and the demolition begins.
Remove the shingles from the peaks, then work your way down. Either
pound the nails in or remove them.
- Inspect the roof. Look for signs of
water damage, rot, and weakness. Ensure a smooth surface; then
prepare valley flashing and drip edges.
- Lay the shingles. Now it's time to
put your education on how to shingle a roof to work! Starting at
the bottom, lay shingles in overlapping rows, taking care to apply
them properly around flashing, at the gables, and along the
Learning how to shingle a roof takes time and patience, but it
can definitely be done!
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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