Guideline on How to shingle a shed roof
If you are going to replace your existing shed roof or you are planning to install a brand new one, both require expertise. There are certain factors that can have an impact on your working like the slant or pitch of roof. So if you think that you can deal with any such issues that you may have to face, go for it yourself, otherwise there is nothing wrong in hiring an expert person, who can help you in installing your roof professionally. There are certain tools and equipment require for proper roof installation. After getting these, you must also make sure that you are comfortable in using these tools; otherwise there is no need to risk your health or even life. If you still wanted to do the project yourself, you must plan it safely. Following are the material required and steps involved in how to shingle a shed roof project.
Before starting the project you should require to arrange following things:
- Roofing felt
- Staple gum hammer
- Barbed roofing nails
- Hammer staples
- Trimming or utility knife
- Asphalt shingles
- Ridge cap shingles
- Straightedge ruler
Step involved in how to shingle a shed roof
After getting the require material you now have to start the project. First of all you should take measurement of shed roof, because this way you will be able to find number of shingles required to cover whole shed roof. Similarly you will find about the other supplies and materials that you have to purchase. It is very important to measure correctly because you must not purchase more than your requirement which results in money wastage, similarly, you cannot afford to purchase less because it will waste your time and energies that you may spend again on purchasing the same thing going to same places that you have visited before.
Now to start with you should unroll the roofing felt on whole of the wooden top. You should staple the felt securely, to avoid any movement and cover the edges of the roof as well.
While placing first row of shingles you need to cut the first shingle 6 inches with the help of utility knife and straightedge. One thing you have to ensure is that bottom of the shingle should overhung the roof edge about 3/8 of an inch. After this shingle rest of the shingles in this row should be used full sized.
After installing the first row you should use full shingles for every other row that you are putting on your roof. Every shingle should be properly nailed so to make it secure against any damage or misplacement. Follow the same process unless your reach the top of roof.
When installation of shingles is completed on your roof, then you should trim all the extra edges on the overhang. Further if you wanted to secure your shingle even more against weather condition then you can apply adhesive to make them strongly hold the roof.