Bergen County Roofing: Article About New Shingles Protect A Home's Roof

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The exterior of any home takes a beating over time. Even with regular maintenance, there are aspects of the building, which will need to be repaired or replaced over time. One such instance will be the house's shingles, particularly if there is noticeable damage or if leaks are springing up within the home's interior. Such an issue can be resolved by contacting a certified Bergen County roofing contractor.

While re shingling a home, the first step would be to choose what type of shingles should be used on the project. Asphalt shingles are less expensive than most other options and are typically used in most roofing applications due to popularity and the fact that they can last 20 to 30 years on average. Tile shingles are the most durable and have the longest lifespan. However, they are also very heavy, and not every home has a structure that can support such a load. Galvanized steel shingles are becoming very popular, though they are considerably more costly and may not fit into every budget. Finally, wood shingles can provide a house with a rustic appearance. Although they can last up to 50 years after installation, they do require more maintenance than other choices.

The pre installation process is the same across the board. The previous layer of shingles will need to be pulled up from the roof by either scraping from underneath or by prying off.

The experts at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County roofing companies can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or skylights.

It is important to remove all preexisting nails during the process, which may require some additional work to clear them away with a claw hammer. During this step is the best time to repair any damage that may be visible to the woodwork, although not every hole will need to be plugged. In general, if a finger won't fit into the crevice, it will probably be fine with the roofing installed.

Next comes the felt, which is applied from the bottom of the roof, going upward. Felt is to be placed horizontally across the surface of the roof, and each upward layer should overlap the layer directly below it by a small amount. Staples or small nails will hold the felt in place. Ideally, these fasteners should be located roughly a hand's length apart, though an exact measurement is not needed.

Finally, the new rows of shingles will be installed. These are placed similarly to the felt, in horizontal rows, beginning from the bottom. The upper row should be placed to overlap the row beneath it by at least a quarter of an inch. This measurement should be more exact to keep a uniform finish along the entire roof.

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