Roof Basics for Shed Re-Roofing

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!

How To Roof Your Shed

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.

Starter Shingles

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.

Ridge Cap

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.




Roofing Leaks or Window Leaks?

Water Damage around Windows

Have you checked the windows around your home lately?

Are you finding water or traces of water in the window sills? There may be a number of reasons that you do and it may or may not be your roof. You may have water seeping inside after a rainfall. Or even condensation may be a culprit.

Depending on the region of the country you live in it may also be high levels of humidity. No matter what the cause, you don’t want the problem to persist.

If you live in the Atlanta Metro region, you could call a roofing general contractor to come out and take a look for you. Otherwise, read the rest of the article to diagnose the problem for yourself.

Mold Is A Problem

One of the main factors these window problems should be addressed is “MOLD.” No one wants to deal with mold when it gets out of control. The growth of mold in any part of the home is unhealthy and should eliminated as quickly as possible. Mold and mildew grows easily where there is moisture. Especially where there should be no moister… such as around windows.

Moister unchecked in and around windows can cause a real headache once it damages the drywall and wood trim and window sill. The only sure way to address the problem properly is to remove the trim, drywall, and window sill and replace them. During replacing these items the surfaces they were attached to surrounding them should be checked as well. This will determine if there is any interior structure damage. Be sure to check 2X4’s for rotting and mold.

Mold can grow if there's moisture coming in from around your windows

Exterior Caulking

Water damage around windows often occur because the caulk around the exterior of the window has cracked or pulled away from the surface that it was attached to allowing water to seep in. This old caulk should be cut out and new caulk applied carefully to make sure in is sealed adequately. Glazing putty if it is cracked can also allow water into the interior of your home. Condensation can form inside double paned windows that can leak down and settle on the window sill. Often the window itself must be replaced. A professional window company may need to be called if it something outside your ability to address.

Weatherstripping that has gotten old and worn may need to be replaced. Usually replacing weatherstripping is an easy fix if you determine that is the problem. Whereas window replacement or having to tear into the interior structure may call for professional attention. Many of the problems that pertain to window damage can be assessed by common sense observation.

Window Sill Pitched

The sill at the bottom of the window from should be pitched downward in order to drain water toward the exterior. This prevents water from pooling on the window sill and seeping into the interior of the house. Simply put, you want to keep the water outside and the inside dry.

The important thing to remember is you can save yourself worry and money if you take the time to address a window problem as soon as you notice it. Every few months it is wise to walk around your home and check to see if a window problem has begun. Addressing it as soon as you notice it can save you money on the damage you can see, and what you cannot see hidden underneath.





Waiting To Begin

WE can’t wait to begin posting our new pictures and roofing construction video. Thank you for coming by our page. We will be updating things around here very soon.