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How to Shingle a Roof in Five Easy Steps

Learning how to shingle a roof may seem like a daunting task, but if you break it down to the essentials, it can feel much more manageable for any do-it-yourselfer.


  1. Inspect the roof - Look for any shingles that are warped, bald, blistered, curled, or missing. These need to be replaced if you're not planning on a whole roof replacement.
  2. Gather the proper tools - Make sure you have all the necessary roof repair tools. You don't want to be up on the roof when you realize you're missing an essential element of the job!
  3. Estimate and buy your materials - For each area of the roof (including dormers and extensions), measure the length and width, then multiply them to find the area. Add all of the areas together to determine the total square feet you need. Divide by 100 for the number of roofing tiles you need, then add 10 percent for good measure. You also need roofing cement, nails, and roofing felt (ask someone at your hardware or home improvement store to help you determine amounts).
  4. Prepare your roof properly - If there are more than three layers of existing roof shingles, remove them before re-roofing. Remove any loose or protruding nails, and if the existing shingles are staying, make sure they lie flat and are nailed securely.
  5. Use a reference guide for your specific roofing type - Knowing how to shingle a roof properly depends on the type of roof you have. Find a home repair manual that specifically deals with your roof type, or research reliable Web sites describing how to repair or replace roof shingles.

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Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs have become a popular alternative to traditional roofing materials. This is due to the fact that metal is lightweight, maintenance-free, fireproof, energy efficient, durable, and can be manufactured to give virtually any look conceivable. Furthermore, metal roofs have a life expectancy of over 30 years and houses with metal roofs may receive a discount on the homeowner's (fire) insurance.

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