How Do You Reroof A House With Asphalt Shingles?

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Putting a new roof on a house is a big job but you don't have to hire a professional roofer to get it done. It's a lot of work but you can re-roof your own home with asphalt shingles if you are prepared and have the necessary instructions. Applied properly, your asphalt shingled roof may last 20 years or longer, prevent possible roof leaks, improve the appearance of your home and lower your insurance costs. Get ready. You'll need to measure the length and width of your roof and multiply that number to get the square footage of your roof. Divide the square footage by 100 and add 10 percent. That's how many asphalt shingles you'll need to re-roof your house. Shingles are sold by the square and you will need 2 1/2 pounds of roofing nails per square of asphalt shingles. Some of the supplies, such as a hammer and ladder, you might have at home. Others, such as roofing cement and felt, you'll need to purchase so make sure you know exactly what you'll need. Repair any structural problems ... more
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