After preparing all the groundwork for the new roof and completing any roof related work that needs dealing with (such as cleaning and repairing the gutters), the time has finally come to laying down the new roof. If you have prepared everything correctly, taking care when measuring (and re-measuring) everything as you prepped the surface, taking into account all alignments as to compensate for the irregularities that are sure to pop up – if you have done all this, then laying down the new roof should be the easiest part of the whole project.
Whatever materials you have chosen to roof with; asphalt shingles, tiles, roll roofing or wood – the actual process of laying the roof is all the same. It comes down to three different stages:
- Start by laying the starter course. This is done in order to bolster the very first row of materials.
- Apply your chosen materials row by row and remember to work from the eaves towards the ridge.
- Cap the ridges and hips of the roof with shingles or tiles that are specially made for this. If you are choosing to use roll roofing, this is when you are installing the bands of them.
When it comes to using the right tools for the job, you will need either a hammer or a roofer’s hatchet. For asphalt shingles and roll roofing you will also need tin snips and chalk lines. For wood or tiles you will also need a cutting knife or a saw as well as a putty knife. Another useful tool that comes in handy is a nail stripper filled with roofing nails.
When it comes to the roofing materials itself, you will obviously need roofing shingles or tiles, loads of plastic cement and off course – roofing nails. Try to have the shingles and tiles loaded onto the roof before you start so you do not have to stop in the middle of laying down the roof, just to hoist more materials onto the roof. This can not only be time-consuming but if will also get you out of your stride. Once you start the work, you will work in a pattern and repeating the work, aligning shingles, nailing them down and making sure to compensate for any irregularities near the ridge. Always remember to familiarise yourself with roofing safety in order to avoid any accidents – before starting any kind of high height work. This can turn out to be a life-saver. Best of luck!