Basic Step-by-Step Guide on How to Re-shingle a Roof

As we have emphasized before, there is no such thing as a perfect roofing material. Roofs are exposed to natural and man-made elements causing damage over time. Yes, you can count on its promising features like durability, longevity, and many more. However, no matter how much you try to avoid it, there will come a time when you will need to confront repairs or replacements. In minor instances, basic roofing skills come handy. It is helpful to equip yourself with basic skills on how to fix your roof. That is why in this blog post, we will take you through the simplest process on how to reshingle a roof.

Before we continue, we would like to make it clear that dealing with any roofing issue is a serious matter. While it is advantageous to know the basics, you and your family’s safety are still the top priority. No matter how minor the problem is, always consider talking to a roofing professional. They are equipped with the proper training to perform these tasks. Workmanship is also crucial for it can influence the performance and look of your roofing.

Where do you start?

When performing a re-shingling project, the first step is to know the type of material that you will be working on. Of course, you need to match it with the previously installed roofing system. If you change your mind and want a different roofing system, it will be a case for replacement.

In terms of cost and duration of the project, it varies depending on the size of your roof and choice of material. If it is more complicated to install, then it would take longer.

Here is a quick rundown of the different types of roofing shingles:

  • Asphalt-based shingle: It is durable (can last up to 15 to 30 years), attractive, and eco-friendly. However, its protective granules may dislodge and decay due to harsh weather conditions. It also least expensive costing only about $1 to $4 per square foot.
  • Slate: Made from traditional stones, these are durable, long-lasting, and fireproof. They are expensive and difficult to install but could, later on, increase your property’s resale value. There is also an option to go for synthetic slates which are more lightweight and less expensive.
  • Wood: It is rust-proof, long-lasting, and classic. Treatments are needed to prevent infestations. It costs more or less $7 per square foot.
  • Solar: Labor and materials are a huge long-term investment. In fact, it costs as much as $21 per square foot. However, solar shingles could lower electricity costs up to 60%.
  • Copper: As a metal composition, this is highly wind and fire resistant. It can decrease energy cost but could not filter external noise. This is also on the pricier side at it costs more or less $15 per square foot.
  • Fiberglass: This is lightweight and cost-effective ($4 to $5 per square foot). However, they are less durable than other types.

What do you need?

These are the basic materials needed to perform a re-shingling project:

  • Safety Gears (gloves, helmet, boots, etc.)
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Roofing Felt
  • Chalk
  • Utility Knife
  • Nail/Staple Gun
  • Ladder

Important safety reminders

We cannot emphasize enough how risky this task is. Aside from being difficult, you need to have the right skills to implement the re-shingling correctly. For starters, read about the safety measures you need to keep in mind and abide by to stay protected at all times.

  • Wear proper attire complete with safety gears.
  • Handle nail/staple gun properly. Keep it away from your body and always unplug/disconnect when not in use.
  • Mount the ladder on an even surface and rest it against a solid structure. Make sure there are no debris or obstructions lying around that may move the ladder.
  • Do not carry too many tools as it may strain your back. Bring handy tools and avoid taking materials that you do not need.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Check if there are people passing by who might get hit by falling debris. It is also helpful to put a signage to warn other people that there is an ongoing construction.
  • Take caution at all times because a roofing job is risky and difficult.

You may follow this step-by-step guide on how to reshingle a roof. This is best executed by professionals so make sure to contact a trusted roofer for assistance. On the other hand, it is also good to know the process for your own guidance as a property owner.

Step #1: Inspect your damaged roof

Conduct inspections of the house or building’s internal parts. Look for leaks, dark spots, or water stains on ceilings and walls. Then on the outside, see if there are cracked, curled, or missing shingles. You may also discover plant growth like molds or algae. Doing this will show you exact areas where re-shingling is needed.

 Getting to your roof is a tricky job and should be done with all safety measures. As we have stated, the general rule is to have a roofing professional assess any kind of damage before you proceed with re-roofing or re-shingling.

Step #2: Remove or conceal broken shingles

When you have successfully identified which shingles should be replaced, it is now the time to prep the area where you will place them. Remove old and damaged shingles by carefully lifting them up one by one. Clear the area by brushing off any excess product. If you see holes, you also need to conceal them by nailing aluminum flashing. This will cover it completely to prevent penetration of moisture.

Step #3: Install roofing felt

Install a layer of roofing felt which will act as the base of the new shingles. This waterproof membrane is an important part of the process. It will prevent moisture penetration when it rains. The absence of a roofing felt will promote plant growth and may shorten your roofing’s lifespan.

Make sure that the roofing felt strips slightly overlap each other. To finish it off, secure it with a nail or staple gun.

Step #4: Draw chalk lines

Using a chalk, draw lines to mark areas where you will place new shingles. Do not forget to measure from end to end for accuracy. In completing this step, take your time and aim for clear precise lines.

The look of your new shingles lies on how carefully you have placed the markings. If done improperly, it might affect the overall look of your roof which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. In simpler terms, it will not look good.

Step #5: Prepare your new shingles

By the time you are finished marking the areas, you will be able to determine the number of shingles needed to replace old ones. Prepare the shingles for installation by removing the tabs using a knife.

Step #6: Install the shingles

When you are finally ready to lay the shingles, start by centering the first piece over the line markings. Afterwards, secure it with nails on each corner. Place the next shingle beside it until the first row of shingles is filled. Repeat the process for other areas of your roof.

Take note that measurements vary depending on your roofing situation. Installing shingles require expertise because poor workmanship may result in more issues in the future.

When installing roofing shingles, professionals follow various techniques like the racking or staggering method. They arrange shingles in a vertical line to keep it straight and sealed.

Step #7: Throw old and damaged shingles properly

Do not leave broken shingles lying around. You or other people may slip on it. Dispose it properly in the garbage or recycle bins.


We basically simplified the process on how to reshingle a roof. In the step-by-step procedure that we outlined in this blog post, it may seem fast and easy to install. However, the truth is that this is not as easy as it seems. You need special skills and ample experience in order to replace roof shingles effectively. Even roofers undergo training to carry out reshingling the right way.

Reshingling is dangerous especially if you are not trained to do the job. If the output is not at par with the industry standards, it could prompt health risks and bigger expenses for future repairs.

At Silver Leaf Contracting, we prioritize your safety above anything else. Hence, we deliver quality and superior roofing services in response to your roofing needs. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured company providing residential and commercial roofing installations and repairs. Our team is composed of highly-skilled and professionally trained workers.

Do you have roofing problems that need immediate attention?

Has your roof been hit by a storm? Is it showing obvious signs of deterioration? Are you bothered by its appearance? Do you want to know how to reshingle a roof?

Whatever your roofing concern may be, we are ready to provide the best possible solutions. When you need to hire the best construction contractors, you can visit our office located at 1241 Johnson St. SE Massillon, Ohio. We are open Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day. Or you may also call us today and get a free quote: 330.680.5987.

2019-01-16T12:35:34+00:00May 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|