Tips for Great Roofing Installation


If you are setting out to install your own roof then there are a few things that you have to bear in mind. For starters, you have to make sure that the roof construction is complete and you have all of the gutters installed as well as anything that is going to protrude through the roof such as vent pipes installed.

Next you have to make sure that the type of roofing that you have chosen matches the pitch of the roof. For instance, composition roofing can only be installed on a roof that has a minimum pitch of no less than 3/12. Still one more thing that you need to consider is that if the roof pitch is over 6/12 that you have the right equipment to insure that you don’t fall off.

If you don’t have an adequate ladder then you should go and rent one before you start, because you will need one. Assuming that you are fully prepared and the construction is complete, fully load your roofing material as close to the ridge of the roof as possible because you are going to work from the bottom up.

The trick is to install your roof without walking on the finished roof as much as possible, which may seem a lot easier than it is. This means that roofing installation is better done with more than one man.

Roll out and staple or nail down all of your asphalt felt after you have installed all of your valley metal and do a good job of nailing or stapling it down. If the weather is hot then you would be wise to wake up early and get started just as the sun is coming up and bring plenty of water to drink.

If you have never done construction work in hot weather then you will find that luke warm water works better then ice water, because ice water will shock your body and make you sweat profusely immediately after you drink it.


Source by Chuck Sarte