Your home’s roof is one of its most essential features. It shields you from the weather, contributes to energy efficiency and adds to your home’s overall aesthetic. That’s why getting your asphalt shingle roof installed correctly matters. But how do you know if it’s been properly done? Here’s a simple guide to help you identify well-installed asphalt shingles.
Proper Shingle Alignment
Shingles should be adequately overlapped and aligned to create a uniform appearance. This alignment allows the roof to divert water, thus preventing leaks and untimely roof repairs.
Adequate Roof Ventilation
Heat and moisture can accumulate in your attic without proper ventilation, damaging your shingles from beneath and necessitating a roof replacement. A well-installed roof should include ventilation to prevent this buildup.
Correct Shingle Overhang
Shingles should have a slight overhang beyond the roof’s edge to allow for adequate water drainage — but not too much that they risk being blown off by the wind. The standard overhang is between 1 and 1.5 inches.
Neat Valley and Flashing Installation
Valleys (where two roof slopes meet) and flashings (installed around obstructions such as chimneys) should be neatly done. There should be no apparent bulges or unevenness that could suggest improper fitting.
Uniform Nail Placement
Nails should be placed beneath the top layer of shingles to protect them from weather and to make them invisible on the completed roof. Their placement should also be uniform to hold shingles in place effectively.
Use of Starter Shingles
Starter shingles, the first row of shingles along the bottom edge of the roof, should be installed perfectly. They should be in a straight line and secure enough to hold their place.
No Missing Granules
Brand-new asphalt shingles should have a uniform appearance with no noticeable spots where granules are missing. These granules add weight to the shingles and provide UV protection.
Proper Ridge Cap Shingles
The ridge cap, which runs along the roof’s peak, should have specialized shingles to protect against wear and tear and provide a complete look to your roof.
Your home deserves the best protection possible, starting with a properly installed asphalt shingle roof. If you’re looking for experienced deck builders or top-quality roofing services, call Home Pro Exteriors, Inc. at (845) 343-1777 or visit our contact page today. We serve clients in Middletown and Warwick, NY.