Installing shingles yourself can save you both time and money. However, in order to produce a professional look, you must carefully prepare your roof for the shingles, ensure each course is straight and even and install shingles along the ridge just like professional roofers do.
The Correct Number of Shingles
Knowing how many shingles you will need is the first step to installing a roof. Shingles are sold in bundles. Each bundle covers approximately 33 square feet. Measure your roof carefully to determine how many bundles to purchase. The most common way that bundles are sold is by the square. A square of shingles covers 100 square feet.
How To Measure Your Roof
Measure each section of your roof to help determine the square footage. Measure the width and the length of each section and multiply the two numbers together to determine the square footage of each section. Then, add the different sections together to determine the overall square footage of the roof. Divide this number by 100 to determine the number of squares you need.
Installing the Shingles
Before you begin installing your shingles, you need to measure the width of your roofline. Most shingles are three feet long. If your roof’s width isn’t a multiple of the length of the shingle, you will have a partial piece at the end of each row. To help keep your roof looking its best, lay out the first row and cut the shingle at the edge. Then, start the next row directly above where you used the partial shingle and continue to the other end. This method of installation prevents short shingles to only be located on one end of the roofline.
The tips from this article will help ensure that you properly begin the installation process of shingles. Continue using this method across all areas of your roof for a beautiful new shingled roof.