Shingles are then installed according to Owens Corning’s manufacturer installation specifications. Each shingle is adhered to the roof deck by no less than 6 nails placed in the nailing zone. This is absolutely crucial to the roof’s performance and a common mistake observed when inspecting and replacing roof systems. Placing nails below the proper area results in exposed nail heads which over time will rust and cause leak points. Placing nails too high results in delamination of the shingle over time. Nails must be placed in the designated area so that the nail meets the common bond, the area of the shingle where the two parts of the shingle meet and are laminated together. Shingle applications can vary depending on the roof style, pitch of slopes, and other factors. A strict attention to detail must be used to ensure the proper application of the shingles. Failure to do so may result in a shortened lifespan of the roof, the voiding of the manufacturer’s warranty, or costly repairs and/or leaks.
At Your Service Roofing’s standard procedure is to replace all flashings of the roof system. There are many different types of flashing such as base flashing, step flashing, counter flashing, etc.. While most local area’s building codes require the replacement of any damaged, rusted, or deteriorated metal flashings it is always recommended to do so. The only exceptions to this is when a customer demands the flashing to be left in place. Flashing installations is a specialized roof skill and is only to be performed by our top crew members. It is important to note that the majority of roof leaks and water intrusions stem from mistakes in the installation of the flashing and are far more common than from shingles.
Once the roof build is completed it is time to clean the jobsite. This is where we specifically preach the importance of attention to detail. The grounds are swept by magnets to remove any loose nails. Gutters have a magnet run through them to collect any metal debris before being blown out and cleaned. Some pieces of underlayments, shingles, and product wrappers are checked for in unusual or difficult places such as in tree branches, window wells, window sills, and landscape beds. As standard practice, the crews run several magnet sweeps throughout the project but a final and extensive one is completed before leaving the jobsite.
As a final measure of thoroughness our Site Manager will perform a final inspection either at the end of the project or the following day. Any excess materials are removed from the site. At the customer’s request, a bundle or two of leftover shingles can be left onsite. The final inspection includes checking flashings, nail patterns to shingles, any defect in roof products, and finally another thorough magnet sweep and check of the grounds. At Your Service Roofing cares deeply about you, your family, and your pets’ well being and takes every measure possible to ensure a safe and clean environment. We truly feel that when our project is finished, you shouldn’t be able to tell we were ever there.