Whenever you think of doing roofing and restoration on your own, you always panic as you would think you don’t have the specialized skills. However, you no longer have to worry because of emergency roof repair, roofing your house is easier than you ever imagined. As long as you have the right tools and take safety precautions, you are good to go. The following guidelines will help you in fixing your roof on your own.

What You’ll Need:

  • Roofing paper
  • Roof shingles
  • 2 x 4 bracing
  • Roofing hammer and nails
  • Building knife

Guidelines in Roofing Your House

You need to choose your preferred type of roofing material. An example includes slate, asphalt, wood, and metal. In this guideline, we’re going to work using the asphalt material.

Safety First

Before you start, you need to ensure your working condition is safe. You will need a 2 x 4 wood that is approximately five feet long. Lay the timber flat and horizontal against the roof some feet beneath your working position. Hammer a nail through each end of the board through the shingles cutting through the rafter’s rim. The timber will act as a cleat to prevent you from sliding down the roof.  As you work your way upwards to the roof, pull up the board and re-nail it in place.

Scrapping Off the Old Shingles

Remove the worn out shingles and nails using a utility knife. Also, take off the roofing paper from the plywood covering the area for renovation. Usually, the nails tend to come out together with the shingles. If not, pry them out with the pry bar or split end of the hammer. Clear off any shingle leftovers on the roof.

Getting Started

Begin working from the lowest position and proceed upwards to the ridge. Smear new roofing paper on the area to be shingled with roofing nails, intersecting each sequence two inches from above. Always remember to fix shingles that match with the size and color of the current shingles if you are only renovating a section of the roof. Usually, roofing materials are sold in units, each measuring about 100 square feet.

Putting the New Shingles

Using a hammer and galvanized roofing nails, fix the new shingles by nailing through sealing bar along the midpoint of each shingle. If you are beginning at the eave, mount a starter course of shingles with its slots facing upward against the rim of the eave. Line up the bottom edge of each shingle with the uppermost part of the slots on the previous course. It will ensure the courses are parallel. Mount in each new course in a way that the slots will align vertically in the sub-courses.

Valleys and Ridges

To shingle the ridges, you need to divide the shingles into three tabs. Straighten and flap the tabs so that they overlap the ridge and hammer one nail into each side. Open valleys are made up of a strip of a bare metal of about 6 inches flashing against the length of the vale. Closed valleys intersect onto the adjoining roof plane and thus, self-flashing.


Doing DIY roofing isn’t really that hard. However, this only applies to basic renovations and fixes. If the task proved too complicated for you, it’s always best to seek the services of a professional.


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