How to Prepare For an Asphalt Shingles Roofing Installation

Before beginning an asphalt shingles roofing installation, careful preparation is necessary to ensure a successful outcome. To begin with, one should assess the surface to determine if it is structurally sound and capable of carrying the new shingle structure.

If the existing structure needs repair or reinforcement, those repairs should be completed before any roofing materials are applied.

Additionally, any existing vents, piping, and flashing should be inspected for damage or deterioration that may need replacing. It is also essential that all debris, such as dirt and vegetation around the perimeters of the roof, are removed. Finally, ensuring you have all the necessary safety equipment, like goggles and gloves, will help reduce risk when working on an installation project.

How to Prepare For an Asphalt Shingles Roofing Installation

What needs to be done first when installing asphalt shingles on a roof?

Installing asphalt shingles on a roof is a necessary process that requires careful planning and preparation. First, you must ensure its underlying surface is suitable for laying down asphalt shingles. This includes checking for any existing damage to the underlying structure, such as rot or mold, and ensuring no gaps or openings between the rafters. Once these issues have been addressed, it is time to prepare for installation. 

The next step is determining which type of asphalt shingle will be used and how many bundles will be needed for proper coverage. Selecting a high-quality adhesive tape or fastener system is essential to keep the shingles on top of your roof.

Is underlayment necessary for asphalt shingles?

When it comes to installing asphalt shingles on a roof, there is much debate about whether or not underlayment is necessary. In short, the answer is yes. Underlayment is an extra layer of protection between the roof and shingles, protecting both from water damage. Not only that, but it also strengthens the roof’s foundation and keeps temperatures at a more consistent level. 

Installing underlayment is an integral part of proper asphalt shingle installation. It allows other components like flashing to be installed correctly to last longer and better protect your home against rainwater intrusion. It also provides another insulation layer to help keep heat in during colder weather.

What should I put down before shingles?

When installing asphalt shingles on a roof, it is essential to meet specific criteria to ensure the shingles are adequately secured and the roof can withstand any weather conditions. To do this, several steps must be taken before laying down the shingles. The first step is to inspect the existing roof and ensure that there are no preexisting issues with leaks or other damage. 

Any damage should be repaired with a new layer of plywood or tar paper before installing asphalt shingles. Additionally, an ice guard may need to be applied along any areas where water may collect, such as valleys or near drains and gutters. Once these preparations have been completed, the area should be cleared of debris and cleaned thoroughly so that all nails from old roofs can easily be found during installation.

Is it okay to shingle a roof in the rain?

Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material used on homes due to their relatively low cost and ease of installation. While asphalt shingle roofs can be installed during rainy weather, it is generally not recommended as the conditions may lead to premature deterioration and reduced performance from the roofing material. Rainfall can cause asphalt shingle granules to wash off, reducing their protection against water penetration. Additionally, wet asphalt shingles can be difficult or even dangerous for workers to walk on, which may result in slips or falls if adequate safety precautions are not taken. 

Furthermore, moisture trapped under a new roof by rain will inevitably reduce the lifespan of the roof’s material overall. Extra precautions should be taken when installing an asphalt shingle roof in wet weather, such as more excellent ventilation and additional sealing measures around nails and other penetrations.

How long does it take for a shingle roof to dry?

Asphalt shingles roofing is one of the most popular and economical roofing materials. Depending on its care and maintenance, it can last up to 25 years, but how long does it take to dry? The answer depends on several factors. 

The time needed for an asphalt shingle roof to dry will depend mainly on the temperature outside during installation. When installing an asphalt shingle roof in cool weather (below 50°F), it will usually take 24 hours for the material to adhere and seal properly. In warmer weather (above 50°F), it can take as little as 6-8 hours or even less, depending on environmental conditions. Also, humidity levels factor in drying time and should be considered when planning a shingle installation project.

Does a shingle roof need ventilation?

When it comes to asphalt shingles roofing, there is a common misconception that ventilation is not needed. However, this isn’t true, as a properly ventilated roof can make all the difference in its life. Without ventilation, warmer air trapped in an attic can cause moisture to build up and circulate throughout the space, leading to rot and mold growth. This can cause severe structural damage to your home and lead to costly repairs. 

In addition, having proper ventilation on your shingle roof can help reduce energy costs. A well-ventilated attic will allow hot air produced by lights, appliances, and other sources within your home to escape through the ridge vent or soffit openings while cooler outside air enters through these same vents on lower roof levels.

How to Prepare For an Asphalt Shingles Roofing Installation

Do you install roof vents before or after shingles?

Regarding asphalt shingles roofing, the question of when to install a vent can be confusing. Please take note that the timing of installing a roof vent depends on which type of shingle you choose. If you use an organic-based asphalt shingle, installing the vent before laying down the shingles is the best practice. 

This will ensure proper air circulation in your attic and reduce heat buildup under the roof deck. On the other hand, if you are going with an asphalt-fiberglass composite material, you should install your vents after putting down all your layers of shingles. This will help keep moisture out and help maintain a consistent temperature in your attic by allowing hot air to escape more quickly through the vents.

How Can Eastern Exterior Help Installing Asphalt Shingles Roofing?

Eastern Exterior is a reliable and experienced contractor specializing in asphalt shingles roofing. Their team of licensed and certified professionals has the expertise necessary to provide installation services and any repairs that may be needed. They are also fully insured, so homeowners do not need to worry about any potential risks associated with roofing projects (Check Our Services). As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction, Eastern Exterior offers a free estimate on all asphalt shingle roofing installations. This is an excellent way for customers to accurately understand the cost upfront before committing to the project. 

Eastern Exterior also provides comprehensive warranties on all the quality and materials used for asphalt shingle roofs. This ensures that homeowners receive long-term protection for their investment in their roof covering system.

Kyle Houck


About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.

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