Handyman Wednesday: The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On…No wait, it’s off!

If you’re like most people, you’ve never put a roof on a house.  That’s ok!  I’ve helped my family re-roof their houses in Illinois, but in Texas, no one wants to be on a hot roof…especially if insurance is paying.  Perhaps you remember this post.  As you can see, there was a hole in the roof of our garage!


He’s a play by play photo log of the re-roofing process.  Let me know if you have any questions (and I’ll ask my dad or dad-in-law, who have re-roofed about 50 houses in their lives).

1. Strip the old shingles, felt, and decking off the roof

Re-Roof_32: Remove broken 2×4 braces (underneath the horizontal boards you can see they’re removing the supporting structure because it was broken when the tree fell on it)



3:  Replace with new 2×4 boards.


4:  Replace horizontal support boards.


5: Lay decking down to cover roof.  I prefer 1/2″ plywood or OSB but most code requires only 7/16″.  Something to ask your contractor when getting quotes!




6:  Lay felt down for under your shingles (I like 30 lb felt paper over 15 lb.  It gives the roofers more grip on their feet and provides better protection to your roof).



8: Lay your shingles on your roof.  We went this GAF Timberline HD shingles on our house in January and garage here. Our color was Weathered Wood (most homes in our neighborhood have the same color!).


If you have any questions on the process, ask here and I’ll ask my dads.  Thanks!  Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?  Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?  Why does mineral water that has “trickled through mountains for centuries” go out of date next year?  Where in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty is an egg?


3 thoughts on “Handyman Wednesday: The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On…No wait, it’s off!

  1. The good part of living in an apartment is that we don’t have to worry about these things. The downside is that we don’t even have a garage 😦

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