Roofing replacement needs no special abilities and can be done by anybody with the correct devices, products and guidance. Roofing materials are designed to last approximately about 40 years. All roofs will for that reason ultimately become worn and weathered and will certainly need to be repaired in part or replaced totally.

There are numerous kinds of roofing material including wood, asphalt, slate and metal. This article will certainly concentrate on the setup of asphalt roof shingles.

Step 1 – Work Safely

Working on a pitched roof might take a little getting used to. All that is required to maintain secure ground is 2×4 lumber that is 4 or 5 feet in length. Lay a 2×4 board flat and horizontal onto the roof a couple of feet below where you’ll be working.

Drive a # 16 nail through each end of the 2×4, through the shingles and most importantly, into the edge of a rafter. Utilize the 2×4 as a cleat to keep you from sliding down the roofing. Pull it up and re-nail it in place as you work your way up and across the roofing.

Step 2 – Remove Worn and Damaged Shingles

Utilizing your hammer claw and an energy knife, remove all harmed or worn shingles, all the nails and the felt roof paper from the plywood sheathing in the location to be re shingled.


Step 3 – Getting Started

Start from the lowest section and work your method approximately the ridge. Use brand-new roofing paper onto the whole surface to be shingled with roof nails, overlapping each course 2 inches from above.

If you are covering in a section of the roofing system, be sure to set up shingles that match the size and the color of the existing shingles. Asphalt roof shingles are sold and set up in devices called squares. A square of shingles covers a location of 100 square feet.

Step 4– Install the New Shingles

Set up the brand-new shingles utilizing galvanized roofing nails. Nail through the self-sealing stripe along the center of each shingle.

If you’re starting at the eave, install a starter course of shingles upside-down (slots facing up) along the edge of the eave. Lay the first course directly over it.

Line up the butt (bottom edge) of each shingle with the top of the slots on the previous course; this usually results in a 6-inch exposure to the weather. This will also ensure that the courses run parallel. Set up each new course so that the slots are lined up vertically in rotating courses.

Step 5– Ridges, Hips and Valleys

Shingling a ridge or a hip is done by cutting shingles into 3 individual tabs. Line up and overlap the tabs so that they straddle the ridge (or hip) and drive one nail into each side.

Open valleys consist of a 6-inch strip of exposed metal flashing along the length of the valley. Closed valleys overlap onto the surrounding roofing system airplane and are therefore self-flashing.