Shingles are an important part of any roof. Not only are they the most visible portion but they also play a key role when it comes to keeping the entire roofing system dry. They are versatile because they can be made from a wide assortment of materials, such as clay, slate, asphalt, and wood, and have been used on roofs for over a century because of their efficacy and cost.
How are shingles installed?
The first step expert roofers take when installing shingles on a roof is making sure all safety equipment is in place. No risks should be taken when working in heights, so hard hats, tool belts, and work gloves are always in the picture, as well as safety glasses, work boots, and a harness.
Preparing to Install
Once the type of shingles that will go on the roof has been selected, it’s important to measure the roof to make sure to have the right amount of shingles. Then, old shingles and flashing will have to be removed. The roof is then swept clean and all nails and debris are removed.
Underlayment and Flashing are Placed
It’s important to be especially careful when doing this job because underlayment and flashing are what act as weatherproofing and will serve as a protective barrier in order for water and the elements to be kept out.
Shingles Go Up
Your roofer will start by marking a straight line and pre-planning the optimal layout. After taking several careful steps to ensure the job is done right, the first shingle will be nailed into place. Working their way up and across, your roofing team will begin laying the shingles using the correct nailing techniques.
What are the most common shingle installation mistakes?
A roof that is not installed properly can not only look unattractive but it will fail when dealing with extreme weather conditions. Even a small detail done wrong can lead to disastrous consequences, such as allowing water to seep into the structure. The main mistakes in installing shingles tend to be:
Shingles Incorrectly Aligned
When this happens, moisture will come into direct contact with the roof deck, putting the roof at risk for water and wind damage. Shingles need to be aligned both vertically and horizontally in a staggered pattern, preventing water from seeping in.
Nails Improperly Used
Shingles must be properly fastened to the roof deck, and building codes specify the number of nails needed per shingle. Improperly placed nails can prevent shingles from performing as they should.
Working with a team of expert roofers will mean that these mistakes are avoided as well as future problems with water and wind. At Big Al’s Roofing, serving the South Fort Lauderdale area, we offer you the thorough, professional, skilled, roof replacement or repair that your home needs.
We have experience with all types of roof repair, the newest techniques for roof installation, and will give you the type of roof you need. Give us a call today to get started. Or simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you right away. Leave all your roofing issues to us, you’ll enjoy the end result.