How to Shingle a Slanted Shed Roof

What You'll Need
Staple gun
Tar paper
Starter roll

It is easier to shingle a shed roof than just about any other kind of roof. Anyone who is fairly familiar with DIY should have no problem getting the job done. The tools and equipment required are readily available. No specialized skills are required, and following some basic instructions, the job should not be too difficult. Providing you follow the instructions and you have the right tools at your disposal, the job should not take too long and it can save you a lot of money over hiring a tradesman.

Step 1-Preparing the Roof

If you are renovating an old roof, be sure to remove all of the old shingles first. Sometimes, you can replace new shingles over the old layer, but if there are already two layers, you need to remove the outer layer first. Before you apply the shingles, make sure that the roof is thoroughly covered with tar paper. The tar paper is designed to protect the building from rain and leakage. Fasten the tar paper on top of the roof by using the stables and staple gun.

Step 2-Placing the Starter Roll

The starter roll should then be placed on the bottom edge of the shed roof. It should overhang the fascia boards by a quarter of an inch. This helps to control where the water runs off the roof. The starter roll will be made from asphalt. It should be approximately a foot in width.

Step 3-Placing the Shingles

When you find the center of the bottom edge of the shed roof, you can place a shingle on each side of the central point. Once you have done this, align the bottom edge of each shingle with the bottom edge of the starter roll. Nail the shingles in place. Continue with his pattern, following any nail placement instructions which come with the package of shingles. Continue until you reach the edge of the roof. If there are any interlocking shingles, remove the bottom portion now.

With the second row, place the first shingle on top of the seam between the two shingles of the lower layer of the center of the roof. Again, continue outwards from the center, placing the shingles in each row. Complete one row at a time, and make sure that the tiles of each row are centered on the seams between the shingles of the row beneath. Some types of shingles are interlocking. If this is the case, they will have small tabs at the bottom which allow them to fit into slots in the shingles below them.

Step 4-Cutting around any Obstacles

You will to cut carefully around any obstacles such as vents. The tar sheeting needs to be used to close up any gaps and seal any openings around such obstacles. Again, this is very important is it will help prevent leakage.