How to Roof a House

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Chalk line
  • Utility knife
  • Stapler
  • Straightedge
  • Tin snips
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Caulk gun
  • Circular saw
  • Roof harness
  • Extension ladder

You'll also need scaffolding, a roofing nailer and work gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • #15 or #30 Felt underlayment
  • Self-adhesive waterproof underlayment (“ice and water shield”)
  • Drip edge
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Roofing nails
  • Staples
  • Hook blades
  • Sealant
  • Step and dormer flashing
  • Vent flashing
  • Valley flashing