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Roofing Tips and Tricks

Roofing Tips and Tricks

Roofing materials are readily available, and most jobs are straightforward—meaning that roofing repairs and installation are popular project choices among do-it-yourselfers. However, working on your rooftop and creating a proper seal also means being safe, paying attention to the details and using the correct tools for each job. Whether you’re replacing a few missing shingles or renovating your entire roof, the overview and tips below will make for a smoother project.

Roof Components

Although there are a wide variety of roof types, the gable-end, wood framed roof is the most common. These consist of one peak and two sides, and each roof end forms a triangle known as a gable. A gable roof’s framing is made of wooden pieces called trusses or rafters; sheets of plywood form the decking, and roofing paper is installed on top of that. Over the roofing paper, roofers typically put flashing, edging and felt shingles or those made of asphalt.

Getting Materials to the Worksite

Roofing is a dangerous job and getting the materials up to the rooftop can be tricky. Rather than risking self-injury by hoisting materials up by hand, roofing professionals hire trained delivery services. They usually use cranes and conveyors to get the materials where they need to go—if you’re doing your own roofing work you can use the same type of delivery service.

Disposing of Old Materials

When you’re repairing or replacing your home’s roof, you’ll end up with a lot of debris. The best way to handle it is to call a local heavy-equipment rental store and ask if they have dumpsters for rent. They’ll deliver it, you fill it, and they pick it up and dispose of the debris when the job is done.

Common Roofing Mistakes

Non-professional roofers often don’t know that improperly installed sheathing can compromise the entire structure of the roof. Sheathing should be installed perpendicular to the roof’s framing; on gable roofs, the long side of the sheeting should run parallel with the peak of the roof. Joints should be staggered from one row to the next—your sheathing should resemble a brick wall when it’s finished.

Roofing Tools and Instructions

Installing sheathing, laying roofing paper and applying roof slates are the basic parts of any roofing job. All three depend on the use of fasteners to create a layer on top of the previous layer; to attach sheathing, screws or nails are used. For larger jobs, screw and nail guns or power drills are often used, and tar paper is attached with either staples or nails.

This guest post came from Amy Fowler and was written for Ashbrook Roofing, online distributors of roofing supplies including roof slates and felt shingles.

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