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Welcome to your primer for learning to shingle. The roof provides a waterproof barrier to the elements. Water will destroy the interior of your home if it is allowed in. Even a minor leak can cause rot in wood, corrosion of drywall and encourage the growth of molds. This is why a shingling job must be done correctly. The good news is, once done, asphalt shingles will last 15 to 20 years, so you won't have to do the job again for a long time. Shingling is not difficult, once you understand the basics. This site addresses the application of asphalt shingles, but much of the information contained here can be used for other forms of roofing.

To begin a shingling job, you first have to look over your work site, gather tools, estimate, and buy materials. Many of the necessary tools, you probably already have in your tool chest.

You may be working on a new roof, but it is more likely that you will be shingling a roof that already has a layer or two of shingles. If there is more than one layer you will need to remove the old shingles.

Normally you will not simply lay shingles on a surface, but need to prepare the surface by putting down felt paper, drip edge, and flashing.

To relieve the monotony of laying shingle after shingle, you will have to work your way around vents, stacks, and various other obstructions. Peaks and valleys make up the contour of your roof. There are special ways of dealing with this landscape.

Typically, shingling is done high above ground level. For this reason, there are some dangerous aspects. Safety, as in other jobs, is a top priority. This means wearing the proper safety equipment and rigging the proper work structures.

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