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Tips for DIY Roofing Projects

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Doing a DIY roofing project can seem simple enough. There are only a couple of materials that you need and there are YouTube “how-to” videos for everything. Well, roofing a dog house and roofing a two-story 10/12 hip roof are different animals. When a project involves working on where your family lives I always recommend consulting a professional contractor. But if you are doing a small shed or a porch roof and you want to attempt it yourself here are some tips to help you out.

Find a friend who has some experience

Most of us know someone who has worked in the trades before. They know their way around a Home Depot and which tools to use. They will be able to give you guidance on how it is supposed to be done. After all, a bad roofing job will create an enormous amount of headaches for you. This isn’t meant to scare you into hiring a contractor just to make you aware that having some experience on your side is strongly recommended.

Make sure you have the right tools

If this is your first DIY roofing project, likely, you do not have all of the tools that you will need to get the job done. In this case, you have two options you can go out and buy everything you need or you can rent the equipment. Here are a couple of the items I recommend you have.

  1. Ladder
  2. Proper footwear
  3. Magnetic hammer
  4. Gloves (especially in the summer)
  5. Comfortable tool belt
  6. Safety harness
  7. Chalk line
  8. Razor knife
  9. Tape measure

Properly measure the roof

To purchase the correct amount of materials you are going to need to measure the roof. There are a couple of ways you can do that. If the building has been around for a couple of years you could order an EagleView, If the structure is erected but just doesn’t have a roof yet you can order a hover, or you can do it the old-school way with a tape measure. Make sure you account for the pitch of the roof. I have attached a chart here that tells you what multiplier to use for each pitch.

When to call a pro

If your roof is leaking badly or you have a lot of noticeable damage after a storm has come through, I would recommend you call a professional roofing contractor in your area. There could be any number of things going on that will require a much deeper understanding of the roofing system and the structure of the home. If you have bad decking, metal flashing issues, or storm-related damage you will probably need to get your home insurance company involved and you will need expert assistance to help you navigate that!

By Big Time Roof Team | Jun Tue, 2022| Roofing Advice