Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials available on the market thanks to its affordability and long lifespan. However, for your asphalt shingle roof to last as long or even longer than its projected lifespan, it has to be installed properly first and foremost. This is why proper nailing practices are very important when it comes to asphalt roof installations and another reason why you should only work with experienced contractors.
In this post, roofing contractors from ReNew Home Designs discuss the best nailing practices for asphalt shingles.
When nailing asphalt shingles to your roof, it’s important that your nails have the correct length to penetrate the material and go 19 mm through the thickness of the decking. To determine if you have the correct nail length, consider the number of layers that your shingles have, the thickness of the shingles, underlayment and flashings. If you’re uncertain of doing it on your own, you can ask a professional roofer for advice.
The correct roofing nails are also required to ensure that your shingles are properly installed on your roofing system. Keep in mind that there are different kinds of roofing nails, made from different materials such as copper, aluminum and stainless steel and that they also come in different sizes. The default roofing nail often used in nailing asphalt shingles should be at 2.67mm and should have a barbed shank to eliminate blow offs and roof leaks. Larger nail heads and a heavier shank gauge can also be used for greater holding power.
Proper fastening is the last step to ensuring your asphalt shingles last for as long as possible. As much as possible, always use corrosion resistant nails and use the manufacturer recommended number of nails per shingle when installing the asphalt shingles. If any occurrences of incorrect nailing occurs, repair it as soon as possible and avoid driving the nails into knotholes or cracks on the roof’s deck.
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