Installing Roof Shingles On Your House

A great looking roof doesn't happen by accident. If you are installing roof shingles on your house, you need to complete a few simple tasks to ensure that the finished job looks professional and lasts a long time. Shingle Roofing projects are just not that difficult, but it is the prep work that you do (or don't do) that makes the difference in how the finished project looks.

4 Key things to Remember Before Any Shingle Roofing Project

  1. Remove any old roofing materials. Installing roof shingles over an existing layer of old shingles is not a good idea. You should use all new roofing materials if you want a great looking new roof. Remember, if you take the time to do this right, the newly installed roof can last for decades.
  2. Repair any damaged wood. If the old roof shingles are curled, broken, or missing, chances are there may be some water damage to the roof sheeting. Whether it is plywood or individual boards, the roof sheeting needs to be sound and moisture free or the new roofing materials will not lay flat and will have a shortened life span.
  3. Replace old metal flashings. The areas around chimneys, plumbing vents, and skylights are protected with metal flashing, and these areas are the most prone to water damage. If the flashing is damaged or old, replace it.
  4. Install new roofing felt. This is the underlayment on which the shingles sit, so it needs to be free of wrinkles, rips, and bumps.

Completing this list of prep work will help the new roofing shingles lay flat and shed water properly. Most important, you will know that you have started your roofing project properly.