Do it Yourself Roofing – Yes You Can


No one is claiming that the job of replacing a roof is simple. But for someone who is handy around the house, can tolerate heights, and has the both agility and muscles to get the stacks of shingles up to the roof and move them around, it is certainly doable. But you should stick with asphalt shingles, which are the easiest to install.

Before you run out and start looking for your shingles, however, you need to perform a roof inspection and determine if you simply need to install a second layer of new shingles over an existing old one, or if you will have to completely tear off the existing roof. What is not a good idea in do it yourself roofing is to add a third layer of shingles, because your roof’s structure may not be up to handling the additional weight.

Disposing Of Your Old Roof

If your do it yourself-roofing job requires the removal of old shingles, you should arrange for a dumpster to be set up on your property before you begin. once torn off with a flat shovel or a pitchfork, those old shingles have to go somewhere, and wherever they go will end up a mess. If you don’t like the idea of a dumpster, make arrangements for someone to clean up the old shingles as you go.

Putting Down Roofing Felt

The next step of your do it yourself roofing project, once the old shingles re removed, is to inspect the roof for any old roofing nails and used a nail puller or claw hammer to pull them out. Then give the roof a thorough sweeping, and you’ll be ready to start putting down a layer of thirty-pound roofing felt. The roofing felt will serve as a guide when you begin to lay your shingles, because it will have printed lines to assist you in your do it yourself-roofing effort. All you have to do is make sure you line up the roofing felt accurately with the edge of the roof!

Putting Down The Shingles

Next you’ll install (if there isn’t one already) some metal roof edging around the entire perimeter of your roof, not only to make it look professionally finished, but to keep water from accumulating beneath the first low of shingles. In a do it yourself roofing project, that first row of shingles, unlike the rest, should be placed in an inverted position with its solid edge directly against the metal roofing strip.

You’ll attach the asphalt singles with adhesive backing and Roofing nails, and once the first row is secured, simply add each succeeding row of shingles with their cut edges positioned properly. Before you know it, your do it yourself roofing project will be finished!


Source by Philip Keon