Roofing Your Shed
That shed in your back yard that you keep your lawn tools and other items for storage in is leaking and needs a new roof huh? But you don’t want to pay out the kazoo to have it re-roofed by cabot roofers?
Well then you’ll just have to re-roof it yourself!
Ok then, let’s get back to the basics of roofing. You may not be able to roof an entire house by yourself but you can roof a shed or small building yourself. With just a little instruction you can save yourself a lot of money. Roofers or handymen usually charge more for small jobs. They have to in order to make the job worth their time and money. So why not just learn a thing or two, save yourself some money, and roof the job yourself? You can do it.
Remove The Old Shingles
You must remove the old shingles and felt first. Start at the top of the roof using a pry bar to loosen and then remove the old shingles. Remove one row at time as you move across the roof. Tear off the existing felt and using the pry bar remove any nails left on the decking. Don’t remove the drip edge if it is still in good shape.
Starting at the bottom of the roof, roll out the new felt working from left to right cutting it flush on the edge of the roof line. Nail down the felt using plastic nail caps. Overlap the next run of felt about ½ inch and repeat until the roof is covered. Next is the starter shingle. Cut the tabs from your three-tab shingles to create your starter shingle. Start on the left hand corner of the roof with your starter shingle extending ¼ inch past the edge of the roof line. The starter shingle will cover the edge of the roof all the way around.
Next place your three-tab shingle over the starter shingle on the left side and nail it in place. Continue on until you have completed the entire row. On the row above, cut off six inches from the left of the next three-tab shingle so it covers the cut out tabs on the row below. On the next row of shingles make sure there is five inches of shingle showing on the row below. The covering of the tabs on the shingles below will ensure there will be no leaks. Repeat each step until the entire roof is covered.
Use your three-tab shingles to create your ridge cap if you need one. Using a utility knife cut the tabs on a three-tab shingle making three equal-sized pieces of ridge cap. Pop a chalk line to ensure a straight line and nail the ridge cap on both sides of the ridge line. Make sure the nails will be covered by the next piece. Continue installing each piece of ridge until you’ve completed covered the ridge. Use roofing cement to cover the nails on the last piece of ridge cap.
So there’s the basics for Do-It-Yourself roofing. And look at the money you saved.