How to Shingle Your House | Roofing
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How to Shingle Your House

If you’re about to remodel your home, build a new house, or revitalize your old house, consider the pros and cons of each type of material before you commit to one of them.

Starter Strip

The first step to installing shingle on your roof is to buy a pre-cut starter strip, cut the tabs off the strip, or simply install the shingle upside down so the flat edge is flesh against the edge. This prevents water from working its way into the cracks of the shingle and into the wood frame of your home, which is a quick way to rot your frame.

The First Row of Shingle

In order for shingles to work, they must be staggered so water can’t get through the cracks between two strips of shingle and into your foundation. Six inches is generally a good measurement to distance your strips. Some roofing professionals let this starter strip hang over the edge about 1/8 of an inch, in order to get most of the water to drip off into the gutter before rolling back under and deteriorating the fascia.

Nail Your Shingle Just Below the Tar

Nailing your shingle can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s best to keep your nails just below the tar strip. This ensures the nail penetrates both the top shingle and the previous shingle you’ve placed. The pneumatic nail gun helps speed up work here, but some prefer to nail by hand to the inconsistency in nail depth.

Ridge Cap

Once you’ve successfully reached the top of your roof with shingle, you’ll need to cut away any access covering the ridge and place a ridge cap shingle, which is designed to cover and bring together the two sides of your roof. Use 1-3/4” to 2” long nails to nail this shingle in place, as it needs to penetrate several layers of shingle.
Find a Professional Roofer
If installing shingles to your roof sounds like it may be beyond your skill set, or you don’t think you have the time, consider finding a professional roofer in your area.

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