Any way you look at it, roofing a house entails a great deal of time, energy, and money. For many folks, the task can seem downright overwhelming. But if you are one of those brave souls possessing the confidence to tackle this major undertaking, take a look at these tips to make the job of roofing a house go at least a little bit smoother and easier.
Among the tools needed when roofing a house, you’ll need a ladder, carpenter’s knife, chalk line, hammer, and a nail gun. Roof jacks (steel brackets used for holding planks in position) may also be necessary as you get further along with the project.
Materials required for roofing a house include shingles or tiles (of course!), drip edge, asphalt paper, flashing, nails (special made for roofing), a shield for ice and water, along with hip and ridge vents. Knowing this in advance helps you to calculate the costs to eliminate unwelcome surprises and to give you an idea of what you may need to purchase to not only get the job going, but also to complete it. No one enjoys stopping right in the middle of a project to run to the local hardware or big-box store for a tool they can’t continue the job of roofing a house without purchasing.
Wonder why you’d need a chalk line for roofing a house? Using this handy tool can save you time and trouble when trying to get a line of shingles straight. By measuring and marking with the chalk line between the ends of your roof gables that correspond to the part of your shingles you want showing (the ‘reveal’), your shingle lines will run true and straight. Keep shingle tabs aligned properly by snapping a chalk line vertically every three to six feet, as well, when roofing a house.
So when roofing a house, make sure you have all your tools assembled, go ahead and buy the tools you need, and remember the simple trick of using a chalk line to keep your shingle lines straight. And when you’re finished with the task, you will realize not only time and money saved, but a big job done efficiently and well.