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Asphalt Shingle Roof

An asphalt shingle is one of the most popular roofing covers in America because it is pretty simple to install, has a relatively affordable up-front cost, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Asphalt shingles are usually used on single homes, sloped roofs, and smaller residential projects. They come in various thicknesses and textures, and they can also be treated to prevent mold and mildew.

How Much Do Shingles Cost?

In general, shingles are inexpensive and can be bought and installed very easily. The price of the shingle can be different, depending on the type of single. A square signifies 100 square feet. Keep in mind that cedar shingles can cost up to $300 per square.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles can be organic and fiberglass. Organic shingles are made of paper and an asphalt coating that makes them waterproof. Fiberglass, however, provides better protection against fire. Fiberglass shingles are also treated with a protective resin coating for waterproofing. New technology has led to architectural shingles, where two layers are connected with a special sealant.

Asphalt shingles can be a great option for a quick and affordable repair. Here are some of their many benefits:

  • Easy to install
  • Affordable
  • Longer lifespan
  • A wide variety of colors 
  • Recyclable

Installation Tips

Here are some helpful tips that will make your shingle installation a success.

Starter Shingles

It is critical to have the starter course installed correctly. Otherwise, the wind might slowly create uplift pressure that can tear the shingles apart. It is vital for quality shingle installation.

Hips, Valleys, and Ridges

If a roof leaks, it is usually due to improper hips, valleys, or ridges, so you need to make sure to install the valleys at the right place, to reduce the possibility of leaking problems. Also, make sure that the flashing method is right for the installation of these areas.

Use the Right Nails

Use the right nail at the right angle, location, and spacing. It is important to use the right nails, having in mind the length and materials. Be sure to apply enough force when installing shingles to prevent them from being removed by wind and weather.

Attic Ventilation

Almost every building code demands proper attic ventilation, so make sure you are familiar with your local requirements.

PPE

Last but not least, during the roofing installation, make sure all construction team members have taken all safety precautions and are wearing the right PPE. 

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