How to Roof Shingles – Tip #1 Stand Up!
Some roofers shingle sitting down or kneeling, but they have to keep jumping up to change position, get more shingles, get more nails and dispose of wrappers. You can save a lot of time and energy by just standing while you shingle. It takes a couple weeks for your back muscles to adjust, but after that it is definitely easier and faster.
At the end of the day when you’re beat, you can always sit down and knock out a few more bundles.
How to Roof Shingles – Tip #2 Don’t Set Your Nail Gun Down!
Some speedy roofers set their nail gun down between every shingle, but frankly, I don’t know how they do it. I like to hang onto the gun between shingles. Using the gauge on the bottom of the nailer, you can position the shingle and nail it with no delay when you’re ready. You will save a little time on every shingle you install.
How to Roof Shingles – Tip #3 Grab Them Right!
Make it a point to grab the shingle in the exact spot you will be holding it for nailing. For me, since I’m right-handed, that would be the bottom left corner.
By grabbing it in the right spot, you can butt it right up against the adjacent shingle, while checking the bottom edge for alignment, all without any wasted motion.
These may seem like little things, but they can add up to a lot of time saved on your roofing project.