Shingles Installation

An Overview Of How To Install Shingles

replacing broken shinglesShingles are one of the most common roofing materials for homes. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, that you can find at your local Home Depot. Since they are one off the most basic roofing types a lot of homeowners tend to undertake the roofing project by themselves. They are relatively easy to install, if you know what you’re doing.  But for those who have not idea or just wanted a quick refresher of how to install shingles on your roof, then this article is for you

Before we start to install shingles shingles on your roof we need to make sure we have the necessary materials. Here is a list:  chalk, utility knife, a drill, measuring tape, roofing screws, felt underlayment, galvanized drip edge to cover the perimeter and lastly, of course you need enough shingle squares to cover your roof.

Now that you have all the requirements you need to understand that safety is of utmost importance. Even though many DIY’s make it look easy, a roofing project is a very difficult thing to do by yourself. You must know that there are risks involved and if at any point you feel unsafe or unsure, you should call a roofer or carpenter to continue the job. Additionally, you may want to have some friends or family members help you out. Now, if you already I will now run through how to install your room shingles.

The process of installing the shingles

  1. First, we must remove and discard any old shingles. This may take some time. Once you’re done will move onto the next step
  2. Now, we have to nailed down the felt underlayment making sure that the nails are spaced out 6 to 8 inches away from each other. This is best done working in groups as one person can hold down the felt and another person can put in the nails
  3. Once you’re finished nailing down the felt, you need to install the galvanize drip edge around the perimeter of the roof where you intend on installing the shingles, about 1 ¼ inch roofing nails with a hammer
  4. Draw a chalk line from the middle to the peak of the roof so that it is perpendicular to the drip edge.
  5. Lay the design for the shingles starting at the bottom of the rules and using the measuring tape half an inch and a edge twin sure the shingles don’t overlap the drip edge
  6. Now we can begin installing our first row of shingle strips. Be sure to nail them down properly along the edge using 4 nails in each shingle. Not that you’ve got the hang of it, we can continue playing the second row and third all the way up until it is finished.

I hope that this overview of installing roof shingles has helped to refresh your memory. If you want a more in-depth step-by-step process of how to install shingles and can you come take a look at the other article called a step-by-step guide to shingles.

Also, take a look at this vide from This Old House on Installing Shingles