Architectural Roofing Shingles

Architectural Roofing Shingles -- How To Get The Job Done Right

Architectural Roofing Shingles

There is a trend today in the field of home renovation -- more and more people are choosing to use architectural roofing shingles when it comes time to replace their existing roof. What are architectural roofing shingles? These are specially-designed asphalt shingles that are manufactured in such a way that when they are properly laid down they will overlap each other and give it a 3-dimensional look to your roof. Because architectural roofing shingles provide this extra-thick protection, they typically come with an extra-long manufacturers warranty.

When beginning your roofing project, all of the old layers of roofing should be completely removed. In general, is not a good idea to simply leave your old, worn-out shingles on your roof and attach the new architectural roofing shingles on top -- this can cause problems later on.

And before attaching your shingles, you may need, if necessary, to have some new OSB installed on top of your original roof sheathing. OSB stands for oriented strand board -- and it is a specially-manufactured, wood-composite product that is easy to cut and handle, yet provides superior moisture retardation.

Once the OSB board has been laid, you are almost ready to lay your architectural roofing shingles -- but first you will need to put down some sort of roofing underlayment -- this will provide additional cushioning and protection from the elements. You can either choose to lay down a synthetic roofing underlayment, or you may choose to use the traditional roofing "felt" which is a paper product which has been soaked in asphalt.

Just prior to laying down your architectural roofing shingles, it would be helpful to use a chalk line to indicate where the various courses of shingles should be laid. Architectural roofing shingles can be somewhat pricey to purchase, so you don't want to bungle up the job by laying them down crookedly!

Just a couple of general tips here: when you are starting each row of architectural roofing shingles, where the roof intersects another wall, you will need to install a piece of step-flashing on the end -- this piece of step flashing needs to be installed at the beginning of each new row of architectural roofing shingles, as you work your way up the roof of your house.

And please remember to make sure to install ice and water barrier patches on the top ridge of your roof and at the eaves. The ice and water barrier is designed to work with your architectural roofing shingles to help prevent ice, snow, and rainwater from being pushed up underneath your roofing.

When you have finished laying down all the architectural roofing shingles on both sides of your roof, you will then need to place the final course of shingles along the top ridge. Another very helpful tip here is that installing your architectural roofing shingles will go a lot faster if you use an automatic nail gun.

Make sure that you use the proper size nail recommended by the manufacturer of your shingles, make sure to place the shingles exactly the way the manufacturer recommends, and don't try to skimp on using fewer nails to hold your architectural roofing shingles in place -- again, the manufacturer of your architectural roofing shingles knows what is best, so follow their recommendations and specifications to the letter.