Re-shingling is an excellent way of upgrading your roof to improve its aesthetic appeal and increase the market value of your home. If you plan to do this, contact your local roofing services contractor if you don’t know how to re-shingle a roof.

Most homeowners often get torn between re-roofing and roof replacement, which shouldn’t be the case. All it takes it understanding the results of the two and who can help you get the best end product. Re-roofing is the fastest and least costly way to upgrade your roof. It involves layering new shingles over the existing ones. Roof replacement, on the other hand, takes much longer than re-roofing and involves removing the existing shingles and replacing them with new ones. Even though re-roofing looks easier, a lot goes into ensuring your roof stands out and lasts longer.

This guide gives insight into how to re-shingle a roof. We invite you to read on and figure out whether you can do it by yourself or you need a professional to get the job done. Reach out to us to see how we can help.

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How to Re-Shingle a Roof in Your Home

Before you embark on the re-shingling task, ensure you have the following:


  • Utility knife
  • Work Gloves
  • Tin snips
  • Scaffolding
  • Roof harness
  • Ladder
  • Saw
  • Staple gun
  • Chalk
  • Claw hammer
  • Shingle scraper
  • Steel roofing nails
  • Tape measure
  • Power nailer
  • Roofing shovel


  • Step and dormer flashing
  • Valley flashing
  • Vent flashing
  • Staples
  • Dormer flashing
  • Sealant
  • Steel roofing nails
  • Shingles
  • Drip edge
  • Hook blades
  • Roof cement
This is a picture of a roof re-shingle.

The Best Reshingle Results: Steps to Follow

  1. Inspect the roof

If your roof has served you for 30+ years, chances are some shingles are broken. The horizontal edge where the shingles intersect will probably be irregular in some areas. Trim the irregular edges and flush them with small pieces of shingles.

  1. Remove ridge caps and nails
  1. Fix broken shingles

Should any shingles break while removing the ridge caps and nails, repair them using roofing cement. If an entire shingle is damaged beyond repair, replace it with a new shingle. The roof must be even before the layering of new shingles.

  1. Clean the roof

There should be no debris, leaves, broken pieces of shingles, or any stuff that might obstruct the new shingles and result in unevenness.

  1. Install valley flashing

Fix the valley flashing using nails on the outer edges. Use nail sizes that are long and strong enough to hold the flashing in place firmly.

  1. Install the drip edge

Set the drip edge over the gable ends. Next, drive steel nails through the drip edge to stick it on the roof.

  1. Install new shingles

Fit the first row of shingles as you nail them on the drip edge. The shingles should protrude over the drip edge by ¼’’. Install the remaining rows. The rows above should overlap the ones below by ¼’’. The intersection between the rows should result in a horizontal line.

  1. Fix the ridge cap shingle

Fit the ridge cap shingle over roof ridges. Use nails to fix the cap shingle on the roof. Just like the shingles, the caps should overlay each other by ¼’’.

  1. Inspect the roof once again to ensure there is no loose or broken shingle. Use the utility knife to cut any shingle edges that are not in plumb.
This is a picture of a roofer working on roof re-shingle.

Re-Roofing Cost and Cost to Replace a Roof

The following factors determine the cost of re-roofing or replacing a roof:

  • Roof size: The bigger the roof, the higher the cost
  • Type of materials to be used: Different kinds of materials have varying prices.
  • Labor: Contractors have different rates
  • Type of roof i.e., steep slope or low slope. The steeper the slope, the higher the cost
  • Location: Different places within the same state have different costs
  • Roof design: If the layout of your roof is complicated, much time will be required to fix it. That means the cost will go up

Generally, re-roofing is less costly compared to roof replacement. While re-roofing involves layering a new layer of shingles over the old ones, roof replacement entails removing old shingles. Besides, replacing the roof is labor-intensive.

Re-Roofing Vs. Roof Replacement, What Is Right For Me?

Building codes do not allow re-roofing if your roof has two layers of shingles. If you already have two layers but still look to upgrade your roof, consider a roof replacement. Both layers will be removed to give way to a new layer of shingles. Otherwise, hire a roofing expert to re-roof your house if you have a single layer of shingles.

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For over twenty years, tornado roofing has been providing exceptional roofing solutions to our clients. If you are looking to partner with a roofing expert to upgrade your roof or install a new one, look no further than Tornado Roofing. We have the expertise to handle your roofing pains to satisfaction. Our crew of roofing specialists is eager to take your roofing project and let you realize a return on investment. What’s more, we charge reasonably for our services. Reach out to us today for a roof inspection and free consultation.