One 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. Continue Reading →