Installing a wood shingle roof yourself

Posted on April 29, 2013 · Posted in Blog

Wood shingles have a traditional and geed aesthetic appeal when installed properly. You can perform the job yourself but for that you need to do your homework as to what is needed for the project and what entails safety. Many homeowners choose to hire a professional roof contractor in order to get the job done. A roofing contractor gives you a cost estimate as well as makes sure that the shingles are installed and aligned properly.

If you choose to perform the job yourself, you have to follow the following steps:

Items needed

The first step is to make a list of items that will be needed to get the job done. Apart from all other things, you need to have a roofing harness that attaches both to yourself as well as the roof in order to prevent you from getting hurt from slips and falls. Besides that, an underlayment is essential to protect the roof from water damage.

Locate the center of the roof

Next step is to climb up the roof with a measuring tape and locate the centre of the roof. Draw a line that will act as a reference point.

Install the shingles

Put a shingle on one side of the roof and another on the other side, align the two and nail them down. Continue the process making sure that the shingles are properly aligned. Slowly work your way across the roof, laying new shingles directly beside those currently on the roof, slightly overlapping the edges. When you reach the edge of the roof, use a guideline to ensure that the row is straight and even. If you notice any shingles butting out, remove the nails and reattach them to the roof

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