making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

How To Cap Shingle A Hip Roof

by Lorraine Fisher

If you have a hip roof, you will have to lay cap shingles. A hip roof is shaped like a pyramid with a single point in the middle. Cap shingles are usually installed last. A novice should be able to cap shingle a hip roof. Here are tips to cap shingle a hip roof.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • ladder or scaffold
  • harness
  • chalk line
  • utility knife or shears
  • marker nail gun or hammer
  • roofing cement
  • three-tab asphalt hip shingles

Set a ladder or scaffold on flat ground. If you use a ladder, get someone to hold it for you. Tie a safety harness to the opposite end of the work area.

Attach roof cleats to shoes, and wear a hat. Choose a warm, non-windy day to work, for safety reasons, and so the shingles will be more flexible.

Mark and Lay Starter Shingles

Lay one shingle on the hip where it lines up with the other side. Repeat this step using another tile--overlapping it on the first as it would look nailed. Mark the ends of the shingles, and snap a chalk line all the way across the roof.

Cut the three-tab shingles into three sections with the utility knife or shears. Start laying shingles on the low end of the hip and work your way up to the point. Begin on the side of the roof with the least amount of wind, which is commonly the south side on a south orientation, and east on a west/east orientation.

Nail the first shingle allowing the shingle edge to fall over the hip edge. Nail the shingle in place on both sides of the roof one-inch from the edge of the shingle on the tab side. Trim excess shingle that extends passed the roof with the knife or shears.

Lay Additional Shingles

Overlap the next shingle over half of the starter shingle, and nail it down. Lay the rest of the shingles in the same manner following the chalk line.

Edge the end of the hip once you have laid all of the shingles. Nail the last shingle on both sides of the hip with the decorative part showing. To prevent leaks, spread some roofing cement knife on the nail heads.

Trim excess shingles, and inspect the roof for exposed nails. If you find exposed nails, cover them with roofing cement.

Your hip roof should now be complete. If you don't trust your skill, or you need a replacement, contact a roofing service.


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