You’ve got a good thumb for performing repairs, carpentry, and even handiwork? Great! You’re definitely a DIY person with a passion for learning new things. As with any form of learning, it takes time to master certain do-it-yourself skills from mastering measuring to finding the right equipment for the task. Definitely, these are true for shingle roof installation procedures as well.

Every Brampton DIY who wishes to perform shingle roof installation can make use of the following steps from asphalt shingle manufacturer IKO to install their very first asphalt shingle roof.

How to Install Asphalt Shingles

Learn the basics of installing an asphalt shingle roof, courtesy of IKO.

When it’s time to replace your roof, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Lots of websites and videos go into great detail on how to shingle a roof. This article from the experts at IKO Roofing will help you make sense of it all by highlighting the basic steps and outlining the fundamental purpose for each roofing system component. This article is not a substitute for proper live training and IKO recommends that only properly trained professional roofing contractors engage in the shingling of roofs.

The next time you read the package instructions or watch a how-to video on YouTube, you’ll have a much better understanding of why roof shingles are installed the way they are.

Here are the basic steps to shingle a roof.

1. Step one in any roofing project is always safety first.

Working at heights on a roof presents fall hazard risks and other safety concerns. IKO recommends that roofing work be done by qualified professionals who know the best way to shingle a roof and have been fully trained in all aspects of roof construction safety. Further, it’s important to review local applicable building codes and ensure the roof conforms to all requirements.

2. Understand the physics of how a sloped shingle roof works.

Asphalt roofing shingles simply rely on the force of gravity to shed water from rain or snow melt. If the roof shingles and all accessory roof components are arranged and overlapped with this in mind, the roof should successfully shed water. In the dictionary, “to shingle” is defined as “to lay out or arrange so as to overlap.” So now let’s look at the sequence of overlapping roof construction components to see how this applies.

3. Deck preparation.

Before installing any roofing materials, make sure that the roof deck is smooth, properly fastened to the roof trusses, dry and free of any gaps or holes. Having a clean, flat deck surface will help ensure that the newly shingled roof will likewise appear smooth and flat when finished.

4. Work from the bottom up. (continued here)

However, it pays to know how to remove old asphalt shingles from your roof before performing a brand-new shingle roof installation. True enough, some contractors mention that tearing off a roof is sometimes more difficult and time consuming than just installing a fresh roof on a property.

Regardless, if you want to remove your old roof and do not plan to build on top of it, BudgetDumpster has the best method for Brampton residential DIY specialists out there.

How to Remove Shingles: A Step-By-Step Guide

Phase 1: Steps to Prepare for Your Roof Shingle Removal

1. Decide When You’re Removing Your Roof Shingles

It’s important to set a firm date for your shingle removal for two reasons. First, it’s essential to lay new shingles as soon as possible after removing the old ones to prevent damage to your bare roof. So before you start, you’ll need to tell your roofer when to be there. Second, you’ll need a firm date to make sure you have other experienced people available to assist you in tearing off the roof shingles.

2. Hire a Professional to Lay the New Shingles

Before you tear off the old roof shingles, you need to know whether you or a professional will be installing the new shingles. Again, we recommend going with a professional to make sure the job is done right, but ultimately, it’s up to you.

If you’re hiring a roofing professional, the National Roofing Contractors Association is a great place to find qualified roofing contractors in your area. Angie’s List also shares some helpful tips for choosing a roofing contractor.

3. Gather Your Roof Tear Off Crew

A small group of about four or five people can remove an entire roof’s worth of shingles in a day if you get an early start and have planned everything out thoroughly ahead of time. Just make sure all the friends, neighbors or family members you ask understand the hard work involved and how to perform their part in the process safely. Don’t forget to be a good host—treat these good Samaritans to some pizza for all their help the day of the project!

4. Obtain Any Necessary Permits (Read it in full here)

Now, you’ve installed your brand new roof and it looks amazing. With an excellent shingle roof installation, all that’s left to do is to make sure your asphalt shingle roof remains in good health and performs efficiently.

Asphalt shingle maintenance is simpler and easier than shingle roof installation. True enough, you’ll need fewer tools, and you can do it on your own without asking for additional hands.

All Roofing Solutions SDE has an excellent guide on how to inspect and maintain your shingle roof installation.

6 Steps To Shingle Roofing Maintenance

Regardless of the type of material covering your roof, roofing maintenance is something a homeowner can’t ignore. Your roof’s ability to protect your home, as well as its durability and lifespan, depends on regular inspection, maintenance and repair. Left unattended, minor roof maintenance issues can lead to roof leaks and thus become big, costly headaches.

Asphalt shingles, the most common material in residential roofing today, require occasional maintenance as well – all fall is the best time to handle your yearly inspection.

6 Steps To Shingle Roofing Maintenance

Here are 6 important steps in maintaining healthy shingle roofing:

Clear debris, moss & algae from your roof.

Leaves, twigs, trash and other miscellaneous debris tends to soak up water and can damage your shingles. Your roof is designed to channel water away from your home, and excess debris makes this task more difficult. You’ll want to check for debris on a regular basis.

Check flashings for damage, corrosion, or holes that may need repair or replacement.

Loose or damaged shingles can be a common problem. Over time, high winds, hail, tree branches and other debris can take a toll on shingle roofing. Often, a little roofing cement may be all that’s needed to repair a loose shingle tab. If the shingle is damaged, you’ll want to have it replaced.

Check caulking/sealants around the roof for cracking or other damage.

Old, worn sealants should be replaced before water seepage causes problems.

Check your gutters and downspouts (Continued Here)

True enough, DIY is a learning process. Therefore, you may need to spend multiple weekends or even a year or more to install your very first asphalt shingle roof. In case you find yourself perplexed and in need of professional help, you can always count on Brampton Roofing. We have been servicing Brampton residences with all their asphalt shingle needs for more than 10 years.

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