Roofing a House in 7 Steps Roofing a House in 7 Steps

What You'll Need
Ladder
Staple-gun (optional)
Roofing nails
Shingles
Tar paper
Flashing material
Wood for sheeting
Stripper
Plastic throw sheet
Chemical roof stripper (optional)
Truck
Water paper
Tin snips

Roofing a house can be dangerous and difficult. You need to plan out your job carefully. Take time and write out a plan. It will be much easier if you know what you plan to do. The roof is a vital part of your house. It seals your house and keeps out the elements. It must be done properly to insure that it will keep out precipitation. It is the strongest element of your house's insulation. Its appearance reflects the quality of your house. You will be spending meticulous time roofing your house. Follow these steps carefully.

Step 1 – Plan your Job

Size up your roof to find out how many shingles, tarpaper, and other materials you need. Study your structure and take measurements. Draw out a plan. The plan will help you get a feel for the dimensions of your roof. Make sure your ladder is long enough to stand safely.

Step 2 – Strip your Old Roof

Get your stripping supplies to the roof safely. Place a plastic throw sheet around the edges of your home when roofing a house to catch nails and other items from getting lost in shrubbery or grass. Be sure to wear your gloves and use the stripper to remove the shingles and tar paper. Some people use a chemical to dissolve roof sealant. This will help you get a fresh start on your new roof. If you can get a truck, park it next to your house. Then you will be able to toss the trash into the bed of the truck. Use your stripper to get under the shingles. Ply them up to pop out the nails. Cut the tarpaper off with the stripper. Tear the remaining tarpaper off with your hands. Use a chemical solvent to remove sealants.

Step 3 – Replace or Re-nail your Sheathing

Sheathing is the base of your roof. If you do not plan to put down new sheathing, re-nail the existing sheathing into place. This will insure its durability. Cut out holes in the sheathing where venting will go through.

Step 4 – Install Water Guard

First you put down your ice and water guard for roofing a house. This will help prevent your roof from leaking. It will have an adhesive side. Lay it out over the roof as needed. Make sure there are no gaps in the sealant.

Step 5 – Install Underlayment

The underlayment is your tarpaper. Most roofers use 30-pound tarpaper. They install it with one-inch roofing nails. Sometimes it is okay to use a staple gun. It is generally faster, but not as strong as nails. Apply your underlayment over the entire roof.

Step 6 – Install Flashing

Flashing helps prevent your roof from leaking. It will be applied at any rise in your roof and in corners. Flashing goes around the base of your chimney and other additions in your roof. Cut the flashing to the right size with your tin snips. The middle of your flashing should be in the corner.

Step 7 – Install Shingles

Nail your shingles from one side to the other. Overlay them as necessary and lead them toward the roof's peak. Lay them out in rows, and then go up a step. Do it until the entire roof is shingled. That is all there is to roofing a house.

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