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Tips on Replacing Roof Shingles

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By : Fredrica Smith    99 or more times read
One way you can easily enhance the look of your house exteriors is to repair your roof. Whether you are already using shingles or decide to have them installed, there are a few pointers you can utilize in going through this project.

Before anything else can proceed in this project, you must conduct proper inquiry from local agencies that may be probably concerned with implementing such home improvement endeavor. In just about any state, district or county, there are particular codes regarding alteration of a structure. Ask if you need to secure permits so your project can be pursued.

But before you can approach the proper office, your plan must be carefully laid out. Firstly, decide on the type of project. Your decision must be based on the age of your home. Older homes are naturally more brittle, thus extensive care is needed. And the roof is a very sensitive and dangerous part to fix. Given this case, it would be for your benefit if you rather hire a professional crew to do the installation or replacement of roof shingles.

Prior to hiring a crew, surveying your roof and the condition of the shingles is essential. This is crucial so you can decide on the extent of the re-shingling project. Decide between a simple overlay and a complete tear off. Ask for cost estimation of the project so you can immediately prepare your budget.

If your home has been built in recent years, you can easily take on the roof improvement task yourself. Self-help guides and resources are a plenty in the Internet. There are even online estimators available that can assist you in figuring out the quantity of shingle materials with respect to the size of your roof.

You have the discretion to whether maintain the same kind or purchase another type. Asphalt shingles in form of fiber glass or organic materials are the most commonly used in many homes. Cedar shingles and metal roof shingles are the latest kinds growing in popularity in many markets today.

But regardless what type of shingle you would pick, consider these factors: climatic environment in your area, maintenance requirements, size, shape and style. These are important to be deliberated upon so you can get optimal results. For example, metal shingles would work best in homes located in snow-prone areas as snow can easily slip in this material. Then, you reduce the risk of encountering roof dents or collapse due to heavy snow weight.

Materials pertinent to this project include roofing and underlayment nails, felt underlayment, and roofing cement for the edges, flashings and ridges. A cost-effective tactic you can do is to buy at least 10% extra materials, from shingles to nails. This is so you can save yourself from having to go through frequent trips to the hardware store. And the excess items can be used for future repairs.

Safety equipment must also be used during the process. You and/or your hired crew must utilize safety materials such as secured ladder, caution signs, rubber-soled shoes with non-skid tread, heavy duty working clothes, harness, rope and roof brackets. Prior to the beginning of the project, the entire roof area should have been cleared from loose shingles, protruding or rusty nails, or other debris so accidents can be further averted.

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