Advice On What To Avoid When Laying Roof Shingles Advice On What To Avoid When Laying Roof Shingles

When installing roof shingles, consider these tips to ensure a safe project and proper, functional alignment.

Avoid Installation During Inclement Weather

Do not install roof shingles in wet or cold weather. Certain shingles, such as asphalt ones, become brittle and crack when exposed to extreme temperatures. Wet conditions also create a hazardous work condition for you as it will be difficult to move on the roof. Attempt any new roof installation in warm, dry weather.

Work with a Partner

You should not attempt to repair your roof by yourself. If possible, enlist the aide of a co-worker or friend who can steady your ladder and help you lift shingles onto the roof, set up scaffolding, hand tools, etc. Working alone is not wise since you will have no one to turn to in case of emergency or other distress, like a need for an extra hand. Working with one or more partners will make the work easier and take less time for installation than if you work alone.

Budget Your Time

If your installation requires you to remove old roofing materials prior to installing new shingles, plan to spend at least 8 to 12 hours on the job, working with 2 to 3 people. This will probably translate in a whole weekend spent on the project.

Avoid spreading removal and installation over a long period of time, like several weekends. The tar paper can become damaged when not properly covered. If this happens, you will need to repair it before you can proceed to the final step.

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