Shingles are coverings which can be installed on the roofs and usually consist of individual overlapping elements. The elements are generally flat, rectangular shaped, and are laid in rows without their edges overlapping each other. These are also water resistant in nature and thus, they are used to protect houses which are situated in heavy rain regions.
They are made from many different materials like wood, asbestos-cement, slate, and ceramic. There are fiberglass-based asphalt shingles and paper-based ones too. They are very easy to install, but it is a time-consuming procedure. Take a look at the following steps which show you how to install roof shingles in an easy way.
When you decide to install shingles for your home, choose the type of shingles you want. After selecting the type, also find out which are the more inexpensive ones, if you are on a low-budget. You will also need to get your hands on a few materials like,
- Tar paper
- Shingles and nails
- Measuring tape
- Chalk line
- Heavy duty shears or vinyl cutters
4. After the first row is installed, the second row will go quickly, as the measurements taken are to be chalked well in advance. Continue doing this for the all the next rows till you reach the top of the roof. Once the last row is fixed, you will have to install the ridge roll. Nail all the shingles to the ridge and nail the ridge to the base of the roof.
5. Since these are fixed to give the house protection from rain and snow, it is necessary to use nails and tar paper, which are also made of good weatherproof materials. For extra strength to the roof to stand, they have to be nailed in a particular place.
6. Thus, the installation is an easy job. The only thing you have to take care of is, to make sure the base is fixed well. This is because, the rain and moisture can make the base weak from the top to the bottom leading to loss of resistance.
You can follow the aforementioned steps for the installation, but make sure to use a schematic representation of the roof and the shingles.