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Shingling a roof can be an easy job for an amateur DIY enthusiast, especially should you use some shortcuts which won’t compromise the quality of the roof. Bear in mind safety should be your first priority when it comes down to performing any type of work on your roof. With the right equipment and knowledge, you can complete your shingling without wasting time or money.

Shingling Over Shingles

Some local roofing service professionals will state you should never install new shingles on top of the existing ones. The reason being is most asphalt shingles come with a lifespan of 20 years. Installing multiple layers gives your roof time to develop problems which are not easily detected should the roof be stacked with layers. However, it is acceptable to install new shingles over existing ones. The rule is there should never be more than 3 layers placed. While this is a time saving, it is always recommended to first strip the roof to check for any damage.

The Best Tool

On occasion you will notice DIY roofers using a crowbar to take off the shingles from their roof. The best tool however, is called a Roofer’s Spade. This is similar to a snow shovel but with teeth or notches in the front and a fulcrum beneath. This allows prying of the shingles and nails to be easier than a crowbar.

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