In this video, we walk you through how to shingle a roof so it is straight and water-tight. These project guidelines are for low roofs that allow easy access, such as those on porches, sheds, or doghouses. For larger roofs, hiring a professional roofing crew with proper fall protection is advised.
How Hard is it to Shingle a Roof?
Adding shingles onto a roof can be challenging and dangerous. It’s important to wear the appropriate safety gear such as a harness and a line attached to the ridge or staging with safety rails around it to protect yourself from falling.
Should Shingles Overhang the Drip Edge?
Overhanging shingles over the drip edge about a half-inch can help with surface tension. Plan out how you will lay your shingles beforehand, here’s how we recommend you approach your installation.
Installing Roof Shingles in 11 Steps:
- To start installing shingles, line up aluminum drip edge flush with the edge of the roof and make a pencil line at the top on each end of the house.
- Using the chalk line, snap a line between the two marks to get a straight edge.
- Pull the drip edge down about a half inch from that line to create a gap between the drip edge and the fascia board.
- Nail the drip edge in place using 1¼-inch galvanized roofing nails and a hammer.
- Repeat steps for gabled ends, installing the drip edge up the roof along the gable.
- Lay out 30-lb. asphalt roofing felt paper and nail it in place using 1¼-inch galvanized roofing nails.
- To lay out the design for the shingles, begin at the bottom of the roof and place a tape measure ½ inch from the edge of the roof to ensure the shingles overhang the drip edge.
- Mark 12 inches up on the roof for the first course of shingles, then mark every 5 inches all the way up the roof to set your reveal. Do this on both sides of the roof.
- Using the chalk line, snap a straight line on each 5-inch increment.
- Use the chalk line to snap a straight line vertically every 6 inches.
- Install a starter course by cutting off the three tabs on a shingle, leaving only the top tar section.