How to Properly Install Roofing

When installing a roof, you’ll want to be sure that you use the right materials for the job. You’ll want to consider the type of material you want to use, the size of the roof, and what to do when you’re done. You’ll also want to ensure that you cover the roof with felt paper and follow the proper precautions when the weather is bad.


Installing shingles on your roof is an important task to do. It protects your home and increases energy efficiency. You will need the right tools and materials to ensure a successful installation.

Before you start, you’ll need to take the measurements for your roof. The width of your roof should be about 40 feet, and the length should be 50 feet. If you have a curved roof, your measurement may vary.

After you have taken the measurements, you’ll want to choose a location for your staging area. This should be on the side or front of your house or garage. Make sure to allow adequate ventilation. Also, you’ll want to be able to access your car.

To start the project, you’ll need a hammer, roofing nails, and a sturdy broom. The latter two can be found at home supply stores.

When it comes to shingles, you’ll want to make sure that you purchase the correct size for your roof. Most manufacturers recommend that you use at least a half-inch thick shingle for a proper installation.

You’ll also want to measure the length of your ridge caps. These are the most important part of your shingle roofing system. They determine how many bundles you’ll need.

There are a number of different styles of shingles available at your local home improvement store. Architectural shingles are heavier and more durable. They cost a bit more than standard shingles, but they offer longer warranties.

Another piece of hardware to consider purchasing is a self-adhesive waterproof underlayment. You can buy this from your local home improvement store or online.

Finally, you’ll need a set of snap lines for your shingles. A set of horizontal snap lines can be used to help you get straight rows of shingles.

The ridge of your roof is one of the most visible parts of your home. When making a ridge with shingles, it is important to make sure that you follow proper installation procedures.

Often, roofing nails are used to attach ridge shingles. They should penetrate a minimum of 3/4” into the sheathing of the roof. It is a good idea to check the nails during an on-roof inspection.

A typical ridge cap is made from standard asphalt shingles. But there are also pre-manufactured hip and ridge caps that are easy to install. These are often made out of aluminum or plastic. This provides a larger fastening surface and lessens the risk of wind damage.

Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are shaped on-site. They are thicker and are designed to prevent patterning. However, these shingles can be difficult to cut into a ridge cap.

You can choose to shingle your ridge using architectural shingles, three-tab shingles, or dimensional shingles. Either way, a ridge cap is a great addition to your roof.

To begin, you will need a utility knife and large snips. Cut a ridge cap shingle into three or four pieces. Make sure to cut the piece so that it fits well along the ridge. Also, the last piece should overlap the previous shingle by 1 inch.

You can use a chalk line to help you draw a straight line. After drawing the line, you can align the shingle with it. Some people find that a blow dryer or heat gun helps warm the shingle.

Next, you should place the ridge cap piece over the previous shingle. You should then nail it in place with roofing cement.

Kristen Rutherford