Roof Replacement and
Roof Repair Specialist(703) 475-2446
October 10, 2011 by - 2 Comments
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Also known as dimensional shingles, architectural roof shingles can make a roof look more than great but if your local roofing contractor isn’t up to snuff, the final results ultimately won’t be so great! These shingles are laminated heavy fiber glass mat base impregnated with mineral granules that have been ceramic-coated and embedded in asphalt and, when installed correctly, give a three dimensional, top quality look to a home’s roof. Properly in place and with the right attic ventilation, they will last to their warranty but, if not, the individual shingles will add up to a massive homeowner headache through leaks springing up all over the roof.
Those leaks aren’t a reflection on the quality of the shingles but on the ability of the roofer to do proper installation! Roofers use nail guns and can slam out five nails a second so are now addicted to speed at the sacrifice of quality workmanship. That means if the roofer is distracted or is in an automatic work rhythm, nails will pierce flashings or end up exposed where the shingles come together horizontally.
To make matters worse, many times the exposed nails are missed visually upon inspection since they are nestled between the shingle joints and the only way to catch that error is to manually part the shingles at the joints. Finding one or two poorly installed shingles during roof repair isn’t bad but having an entire roof with thousands of shingles isn’t a repair but a replacement situation! To make sure that you aren’t faced with this dilemma, check to see that your roofer follows the manufacturer’s proper installation guidelines for architectural roof shingles so that you are left with a beautiful and watertight roof for decades to come.
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