Roofing Basics – Can You Really Install Your Own Roof?


Does roofing seem like an easy task to you? If you want to give this type of project a shot, then you’ll have to know a bit about some roofing basics. There are many things that go into creating seamless roof that will keep rain and snow from penetrating those shingles. Thus, the best course of action is to learn all you can about roofing before you decide to replace the current shingles on your roof.

This article will bring you through some of the basic steps that you should consider before climbing up on that rooftop. And will help you decide to either hire a professional or try diy roofing.

The first thing to think about is the overall cost of the project that you are about to embark upon. It is never a good idea to underestimate the cost of such a large project. If this occurs, you might end up with a half shingled roof – not a good idea. In order to make a roof estimate, you’ll have to measure the entire roof space, and you’ll also have to include material costs.

Divide the total area of the roof into rectangles in order to get a rough number (it never hurts to add a bit extra). Don’t forget to add the cost of roofing nails, paper, shingles, and anything else that you may need to that initial cost. Next, let’s talk about some practical roofing basics.

It’s a good idea to lay out a roofing plan before you start roofing. Think of the roof as a large chalk board, and use a chalk line to mark specific areas on the rooftop itself. Then, you can simply follow the lines as you begin your project. Don’t forget to mark spots for chimneys, overhangs, and anything else that might be on top of the roof right now.

Roofing is all about planning, so don’t rush through this part of the task. If you aren’t sure how to measure something, make sure to ask for professional help. These roofing basics will get you started, but you will need a much bigger “roofing map” in order to complete the job.

As you can see, the list of roofing basics is actually quite extensive. Try and practice roofing on a small shed or doghouse before you decide to replace your roof. If you find that a smaller project proves to be too difficult, then you may want to call a professional for this job. Roofing can be a DIY project, but you have to be very careful when attempting this task.


Source by Chris Smitts