Replace Shingles

7 Materials
2 Weeks

I needed new shingles and could not afford to pay the labor so with the help of a few friends I decided to do it myself.

Remove old shingles

Start by removing the old shingles if there is more than 2 layers. In my case there were 3, it was a pain but it had to be done.

Clear roof

Remove shingles and underlay using a shovel. Hammer in any nails that are sticking out that can’t be removed.


I used synthetic material as directed on shingle pack to ensure warranty coverage. I used a roofing nail gun and roofing nails to attach. Then I nailed down the drip edge to help hold in place.

Add shingles

I added the shingles according to the package instructions. I cut them using a utility knife and nailed them using nail gun. Make sure to peel the plastic strips so that they will get a good hold.

Trim and apply ridge cap

I trimmed around all vents, etc. replaced the metal in the valleys and used instructions to create a woven valley. I sealed around all cuts using roofing sealant.


Trim any edges that may be to long and check to make sure the shingles look uniform.

Suggested materials:

  • Shingles   (Menards)
  • Drip edge   (Menards)
  • Nail gun   (Menards)
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