How Homeowners Can Effectively Plan A Residential Shingle Roof Installation

Posted on: 7 September 2022

Shingles are one of the most important roofing materials for residential homes today. They're affordable and don't take much to get set up. That's especially true if you follow these installation guidelines to the letter.

Have Structural Assessments Performed First

An important early step you should take when installing new shingles on your roof is assessing the structural integrity of your roof. Can it support new shingles in its current condition or do repairs have to take place before you can start adding new shingle materials?

You can hire a roofer to answer this question and then make sure shingle installation takes place in a sound manner. They'll examine all aspects of your roof and see what condition the major structures are in and determine if they can support new shingles. If everything is fine, the new shingle installation can commence without delay.

Use the Right Fasteners

In order to keep new shingles in place on your roof, you'll have to use fasteners. The options continue to grow every year, but your focus should be on high-quality fasteners that are appropriate to the specific shingles you've selected. This is something you can discuss with a roofer or manufacturer that made your roof shingles.

They may suggest a particular type of screw or nail based on its durability and ability to resist corrosion. As long as you spend time verifying the right fasteners are selected, you can feel good about new shingles staying in place month after month.

Seal up Cracks and Gaps Left Over 

Even if you have shingles set up perfectly across your entire roof, there are going to be some gaps and cracks left over. That creates openings for water to seep through, which you don't want happening. In that case, you need to go back through and seal these areas up with flashing.

This material is durable and can create tight seals as long as it's set up with the right fasteners. A professional roofer can help with this installation if you want to ensure cracks and gaps aren't able to affect how your new shingles hold up after they've been properly placed.

If you want to complete a major renovation to your home, you can add new shingles to the roof. Installation isn't going to be an extensive and stressful process if you make a point to assess your roof first and make sure each stage is planned out in a strategic manner. 

If you want to learn more about residential property shingle roof installation, contact a roofing contractor near you.


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Those who build things and repair things for a living are often referred to as contractors. This may seem like an odd term, but it traces back to the fact that these folks work on a contract-by-contract basis. First, they may work under a contract associated with your home. Then, they may take on another client under a new contract. Plumbers, HVAC repair teams, builders, painters — they are all contractors in some way. Construction workers are also contractors. We encourage you to read and learn more about their professions and what they involve here on this blog, where we'll post often.

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