If you are planning to do roofing shingles, you need to know the right techniques. You should always use a roofing gun with an adjustable guide. Otherwise, you can use a block of wood to guide you. The rows of shingles must be straight, so they do not look too wavy from the ground. Make sure that you work from right to left if you are right-handed. Staggering the rows will prevent the seams from matching.
You can also cut the shingles with a utility knife using hook blades. Make sure to stagger the seams. The standard reveals range from 5 to 6-1/2 inches. Remember to measure the height of each shingle with a utility knife. You can also trim the overhang after it is nailed on. For the fifth row, follow the same steps as the first one. When installing a hip roof, you must allow the shingles to have a small overhang at the hip area.
The first course of shingles is called the starter course. It is made up of three-tab shingles and should overhang the drip edge a bit. It protects the roof, fills in joints, and fills spaces underneath the cutouts in the next row. The first course of shingles is usually installed using adhesive to seal the tabs of the previous row. During this stage, it is best to take extra precautions to ensure that the roof is protected from damage.
It is best to hire a roofing contractor to do this task, since it is risky and time-consuming. Make sure you are physically fit and do not have a fear of heights. Also, make sure you have the necessary tools and practice on a small area before attempting the job. If you are afraid of heights, do not start roofing before you have obtained a license from the local building department. Once you have cleared the roof and stripped it clean, you should start installing the shingles. Make sure to nail the drip edge flashing flush along the eave.
Before laying down the shingles, install the underlayment. Make sure to use galvanized flashing to protect your roof from corrosion. Make sure to use metal flashings in areas that have plumbing stacks or attic vents. Install metal flashings where shingles meet walls and around chimneys. If the wind is particularly strong, use four number nine one-half-inch hex head screws. If you are building a home, you should also place ice and water protector membranes on the eaves and chimney.
Cold weather is the worst time to install shingles. This is especially true for those shingles installed over an irregular surface. When temperatures drop below freezing, shingles will not stick together and are more likely to be damaged by wind. If you live in a cold region, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing shingles during the coldest months. If you live in such regions, you may also need to take extra care to remove snow before applying shingles.