How To Shingle A House
At one point or another most homeowners may need to know how to shingle a house. shingling a house is something that every homeowner to have to complete or hire someone to complete at least once during their home ownership. Generally when using good quality materials you will need to shingle a house every thiry years.
To shingle a house, you will need:
- Roofing nails
- Hammer or nail gun
- Chalk line
- Tar paper
- Flat shovel or shingle scrapper
- Ice/water shield membrane
- Hip and ridge vents
- Removing the old roof. Before you can begin to shingle a house you will need to remove the old shingles and roofing materials. A flat shovel or shingle scrapper is used to pull up the old shingles from the surface. Remove the old shingles and roofing material until you are down to bare wood.
- Before the shingles. First roll out the ice/water membrane to protect the wood near the drip edge of the roof. You will also want to add the ice/water membrane to the valleys of a roof. Next roll out the tar paper. Overlap each row of the tar paper. Install the flashing around chimneys, vents, and in the valleys of the roof.
- The shingles. Once the above steps are complete it is time to shingle a house. The shingles are the primary barrier between the water and your home. Start the row of shingles along the drip edge of the roof. Attach using roofing nails and move across the roof. One the second row make sure that the edges are staggered and not directly above the row below. Be sure to overlap the shingles in the valleys of the roof.
- Installing the hip and ridge vents. Once the roof has been shingles you need to install the hip and ridge vents. These vents will run the entire length of the roof ridge. The are used to allow to excess hot air to escape from the attic of a home.