Why Proper Shingle Nailing Matters for Roof Health

shingle nailingOne of the most common forms of roof damage is peeling shingles. Some homeowners attempt a DIY fix with a hammer and nails. Unfortunately, the fix is not that simple; proper shingle nailing requires a specific process.

Why Nailing Shingles Isn’t a DIY Job

Nailing down shingles actually needs to be done in a manner that conforms to the International Building Code (IBC). All residential and commercial roofers must abide by guidelines set forth by the IBC. The organization has specific regulations regarding how shingles must be nailed down. This includes but is not limited to:

  • The number of nails required per shingle, and their placement
  • The type of nails, which differs depending on shingle type
  • The depth to which nails must be nailed down

Do You Know the Requirements?

The guidelines are quite complex. To give you an idea, most shingles require four nails. However, if you reside in a high-wind area or the roof slope exceeds 60-degrees, then it requires six nails. Nails must also not be within two-inches of a joint of an underlying shingle.

The Implications of Improper Shingle Nailing

Nails must be driven to a precise depth. If not nailed all the way and left protruding, they can easily come loose. If nailed too deeply, small gaps occur that allow water to penetrate.

Nail placement is another major factor. Water will collect under the shingles if nails are not positioned in the right place. Sections of shingles can also blow away in the wind if nails are driven improperly.

We Repair Shingles to Standards

See our gallery to see our finished projects. The pics all show craftsmanship that conforms to IBC standards. Give Urbizo Bros Roofing a call if you spot peeling shingles from ground level. Shingle nailing, despite seeming to be a simple process, requires professional skill.

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