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6 Steps on How to Shingle a Roof

6 Steps on How to Shingle a Roof

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May 20, 2010

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

  1. 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 contractor.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 extra.
  4. 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.
  5. Inspect the roof. Look for signs of water damage, rot, and weakness. Ensure a smooth surface; then prepare valley flashing and drip edges.
  6. 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 edges.

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 hobbies.

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