Tips & Tricks From Lex The Roofer

I promised I’d share some of the roofing tips I learned while spending a week on dad’s roof.

Lex on the roof

Roofing Tips

  • Rolls of tar paper will fall. On you.
  • Rain will fall. On you.
  • Work from bottom to top.
  • 1 cutter and 1 nailer gets the job done more than twice as fastRoofing The Gable
  • Zinc flashing seems to keep shingles in better shape longer.
  • Roofs come in 3 grades only:   steep, steeper and terrifying.
    Ladder to Help Shingling
  • Water shoes work great on roofs. Roofs are not good for water shoes.
  • Don’t nail through the flashing.
  • Don’t wait 25 years.
  • Do get someone else to haul the shingles.
    A Little Roofing
  • Tar is sticky. Don’t step in it. Don’t lean on it. Don’t track it back to your bed.
  • Ham fat removes tar. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out what removes the hungry cat from your arm.
  • Tool belts should be built in plus sizes
    Tool Belt
  • The shingles have cuts on each side so you can align the shingles on the layer below by folding a little corner back and hang them on top of the layer below. It really works!
  • Hit the nails not the fingers!
    How Not To Do It
  • Nail below the sticky strip.
  • Pull off the plastic strip.
  • Pull it off BEFORE you lay the shingles down.
    A Little Roofing
  • If possible, replace knees before roof.
  • Roofs are slippery.
  • Cut corners, literally. (when working in a valley).
    Weaving The Valley
  • Don’t fall off.
  • Cloudy days are better for roofing than sunny days. Sunny days are better for swimming.
    Playing In the River

Alexa Clark

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6 thoughts on “Tips & Tricks From Lex The Roofer

  • September 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    lex wouldn’t let me on the roof with her.

  • September 29, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It’s true.
    That introduces the other Tip – don’t let people who probably know much more than you do about roofing up on the roof when you are half-way through the job. It won’t make you happy to hear how they think you “should” have done it. Especially if they are right.

  • January 24, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I’ve seen that roof. What a freaking great job. Did you have a laser tape measure or a slide rule? Your edges line up so sharp you could shave with ’em…!

  • February 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

  • May 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

    lawrencecrushing Thanks. I had a lot of questions as I was doing it and after spending a week on the roof, I wanted to share some of the key highlights. Knee guards are an EXCELLENT addition.


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