How To Shingle A Roof

Steps on how to shingle a roof

How To Shingle A RoofInstalling shingles on a roof may seem like a daunting task. That doesn’t mean it has to be. Here is a general guide on how to install shingles on a roof.

Finding the right kind of shingle

While this may seem like a no brainer, installing shingles on a roof depends entirely on the type of shingle chosen. In most cases this would be the standard three tab asphalt shingle. For the sake of this article that is the style of shingle we will be working with

Layers upon layers

Starting at the edges of the roof begin nailing down the shingles. It is recommended that when starting out cut the shingles in to smaller versions to better overlap on the subsequent layers. Once this is done place the second row of shingles with the bottom overlapping the top of the previous shingle. Once this is done repeat with slightly larger shingles working your way up to the peak of the roof.

Plan out for Chimneys, smoke stacks etc.

Like painting the last thing you want is to shingle yourself into a corner. When ascending the roof with the overlapping shingles make sure you have a strategy for any objects coming up though or stations on top of the roof. Things such as chimneys, air vents, satellite dishes, solar panels, etc. This will cut down on the time it will take to finish shingling the roof as well as let you avoid wasting materials. In regards to chimneys, make sure to install heat resistant metal coating to the lower parts of the chimney before shingling. Do not place shingles directing on the surface as the heat over time will cause the shingles to wear out faster.

Building and property codes

One thing to keep in mind regarding installing shingles is that certain areas of the country have specific specifications regarding shingles. For instance, in areas of high wind standard asphalt shingles might not be allowed or recommended as they can potentially rip free from the roof and possibly cause further damage once knocked loose. This also would mean that the overall life span of the roof and the asphalt shingles is drastically decreased. Knowing exactly what kind of occurrences to expected will give you a better idea of how and what shingles need to be installed


Installing basic, asphalt shingles is fairly easy but time consuming. While these type of shingles are the easiest to install it might behoove you to look into other options on the market and finding out exactly how those should be installed. This will give you a better grasp on both the installation but also exactly what to expect from the shingles and thus your roof themselves.

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