How to Install Rubber Roof Shingles

What You'll Need
Scraper to remove the old shingles
Flat bladed shovel
Claw hammer
Deck broom
Rolls of ice and water shield
Drip edges
Tar paper
Electric staple gun and staples
Rubber roof shingles
Roofing nail gun

One of the most durable materials you can use for the roof of your home is rubber roof shingles. Not only will they last a long time, but they are also energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Rubber tires from vehicles are causing problems in landfills. Recycling them into rubber shingles helps to stop some of the impact on the environment. They also require very little maintenance, as compared to standard types of shingles. They are easy to handle and do not tear easily.

Step 1 – Prepare the Roof

If you are installing the rubber shingles on a newly built roof, sweep it off first with a deck broom to make sure there is no dirt that could work its way up through the rubber. On an older roof, you first have to remove the old shingles. Use a shovel with a flat blade to loosen the shingles, and a shingle scraper to ensure that you remove any small pieces of shingle and tar that remain. Make sure the roof is clean before you start installing the rubber shingles. Hammer in any nail heads that may be sticking up. Check to make sure there are no loose boards. If you find any, nail them down in place.

Step 2 – Install the Ice and Water Shield

Ice and water shield comes in rolls that are 3 feet wide. Unroll the sheet on one side of the roof. Cut off the amount you need for this side and nail it to the outer edge. Repeat the process for the other edges of the roof. This will prevent any water from seeping up under the shingles.

Step 3 – Cover the roof with tar paper

Next, roll out the tar paper and cover the entire roof with it. Use the electric staple gun to secure the paper to the roof at regular intervals.

Step 4 – Install the Shingles

The starter strip of the shingles is the first row that you put on. Start at one edge so that you will be able to work your way to the peak of the roof. Lay the shingles in a straight row along this edge, arranging them so that one end overlaps the other.  Use the nail gun to secure the shingles in the corner and then work your way across the edge.

When you have the first row of shingles in place, you can start working upwards. Lay the shingles overlapping one another, but stagger the joins so that the joints in each successive layer are not lined up with the joints in the previous row. You may have to cut the shingles on the edges to fit them in place, such as using half a shingle on each end for every alternative row.

Step 5 – Install the Roof Cap Shingles

At the peak of the roof, install the roof cap shingles by nailing them in to place.

Follow these steps carefully and you can have yourself a new rubber shingled roof.