For the DIY Homeowner –
Roof Installation Supplies

Doing your own roof installation is difficult – but it’s certainly not impossible. With the right know-how and the right supplies, you can do it yourself. If you plan on doing a roof installation yourself, make sure you stay safe while doing it, and ideally have a few people help you complete the task. With that being said, check out our supply list to make sure you have everything you need to get the job done right.

What You’ll Need

In order to perform a successful roof installation, you’ll need the following tools and supplies

A Ladder
You’ll need a good sturdy ladder in order to get up and down from the roof. Obvious, but necessary!

A Shovel or Pitchfork
In order to remove the old shingles, you should have a flat shovel or a pitchfork. It makes removing them much easier and more efficient.

A Crowbar
Stubborn nails or shingles may need to be removed with a crowbar.

A Power Nailer
If you were just replacing a few shingles, a hammer may be good enough, but for a full roof installation, you’ll want a power nailer to make things easier.

A Utility Knife
A knife will ensure you can cut shingles to size if you need to.


• Shingles
Obviously, you’ll need new shingles. The question is whether you want asphalt shingles or architectural shingles. These are the most common for DIY projects, but there are a wide variety of shingle types to choose from. Asphalt shingles are less expensive, but they don’t typically last as long. Architectural shingles tend to have a pattern which makes them more visually attractive.

• Roofing Felt
Roofing felt goes between the wood on your roof and the shingles. You’ll put down the felt first. This prevents water from ruining the wood.

• Roofing Nails
Roofing nails are specially made to be used in roof installation. Make sure you get the right nails for the type of shingles you’re putting in.

• Drip Edge
The drip edge is installed along the edge of your roof and helps water to flow off your roof.

• Flashing
If your roof has slopes, you’ll need to install flashing under the spots where your roof meets. This makes sure water goes to the edge instead of seeping into the nooks.

• Plywood
If you have rotted or worn wood, you’ll need to replace it to ensure the longevity of your roof.

• Sealant
You’ll need sealant to put into spots where water can easily seep into.

Get a Free Roof Installation Quote

Roof installation is a lot of work, and not everyone has the time or skill to do it themselves. If you’re in need of a quote, choose Home Orb. We used our carefully developed formula to create an advanced roofing quote for you. You can still use our estimator tool if you do decide to do it yourself. It can help you determine the amount of material you need. To learn more about our roof installation quotes, please contact Home Orb today.