Many people would like to renovate their roofs themselves. Why? Well, it has many advantages over hiring a professional such as not paying for labor costs. But that doesn’t mean that re-roofing yourself is synonymous with amateur work. It is possible to re-roof your house without the help of a professional and still manage to make it more beautiful by applying a few tricks. And this is what we will see later.
Consult a local urban plan and choose the type of shingles needed
The roof is an element of the house that protects from the weather, and also from noise. Therefore, roofing renovation is an important project that requires preparation and care. There are a few steps that must be followed in order to make this renovation a success. First of all, you need to see the local urban plan concerning the roof. This can be consulted at the town hall. Indeed, there are several codes and regulations that you need to know about the installation of shingles and especially the materials to use. You must also obtain a building permit. Then you need to know what type of shingles are needed for the roof. The shingles can be asphalt, slate, wood or laminated.
Preparing and cleaning the roof
To prepare the roof, you must first take into account the safety standards in effect for roofing work. This step is essential to avoid possible accidents. Before cleaning the roof, scaffolding must be installed as well as the edge boards that allow to secure the work area if the roof is very high. After this preparation, the next step is to clean the roof. To do this, first sweep the roof and then remove the old shingles. You should take the opportunity to see the condition of the roof. You need to inspect the drains, roofing, etc. so that you can make an assessment of the ravages of time and bad weather. If one does not know how to do this, a professional can be called in to perform a diagnostic.
This last step is fairly simple. First, the old shingles must be disassembled from the end and then the new roofing installed once the cleaning is complete. To avoid a too fast alteration, you can cover the roof with a bitumen paper.