4 DIY Roofing Projects You Can Do This Spring

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No matter whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, Canadian winters often feel way too long for comfort. The good news is that spring is just around the corner, and you no longer need to seek solace in HGTV marathons alone. You can set your mind to some DIY projects of your own in a few short weeks. Dream big, DIY roofer!

Remember, despite how easy the professionals make it look, roofing can be a dangerous job and occasionally requires the assistance of roofing Toronto contractors. If your project becomes too grandiose to handle alone, don’t hesitate to contact a professional roofer with the tools and expertise to help you make your home look its best.

1. Re-Shingling

While re-shingling certainly isn’t a simple project, or one for the faint of heart, those with know-how and manual labour experience can give their home a facelift with the help of colourful new shingles. The appearance of a house changes dramatically depending on the type of shingles laid down.

Slate is durable and solid. Concrete can withstand even the wildest weather conditions. Wood shake is stylish and environmentally friendly. However, most of these materials are extremely heavy and some can run a bit on the expensive side. Depending on what type of home you have and what material you choose, you may need the help of a roofer—especially when it comes to the heavy lifting.

2. Backyard Sheds

If you’d prefer to leave roofing to the specialists or you’re just not quite prepared to join the big leagues yet, you can start small with a DIY shed project—no roofing contractors required. Installing roof shingles for a smaller structure isn’t as difficult as re-shingling an entire house.

You don’t need to be a professional roofer to make a cozy little space outside in the yard for yourself or your family to escape to. Whether you have a small tool shed all your own or you’re hoping to surprise the kids with a newly remodelled lean-to for their bikes, you can be sure that a backyard shed project will be fun and easy to complete in a few afternoons at most.

3. The White Roof Project

This New York City-based project started in 2010 with only a few volunteers dedicated to an innovative new idea: reducing interior cooling costs by painting the roofs of buildings white. Traditional roofing material unintentionally transfers sunlight into heat, making your home unnaturally hot.

The coating used to “paint” the roofs white isn’t actually paint, but a paint-like substance that volunteers all over North America have used to coat the roofs of homes and buildings. According to the White Roof Project’s website, coating your roof in white “reflects the sunlight, drastically reducing its temperature and that of the building’s interior and surrounding environment.” Environmentally conscious and easy to do—this is a project that will make everyone in your home happy.

4. Porches and Pergolas

If you know how to install shingles, you don’t need to climb up on a ladder and get to work. You can start smaller, and add some character to the exterior of your home by dressing up your porch with shingles or re-shingling a pergola or gazebo in your yard. Cedar shingles are becoming increasingly popular for this type of project.

Is your porch looking a little drab? Sturdy railings and classic lattice work can spruce up its appearance in no time. If you’re unsure how to go about making your porch look as good as new, contact your local roofing contractors for advice.

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