Top 8 Items to Inspect After Shingle Roof Installation
Repairing your roof is never convenient but it pales in comparison to the cost and inconvenience of ignoring the impact of what your roof is enduring over the years. Extreme weather conditions like direct sunlight, storm, heavy rain or, snow can affect the condition of your home’s roof over time. Continuous exposure to such conditions affects its ability to shelter you from the elements.
The older a roof is the more sensitive it becomes to these factors. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their roof is damaged especially when the shingles appear to be fine.
In this article, I am going to explain the top eight items to look out for and inspect after getting shingle roof installation.
Number one is the clean-up, make sure to grab a magnet and pick up any nails that may have been left behind and also keep trash bags with you. Go around and pick up any little small debris that you may see, just to make sure that you do a once-over before we present the job to the customer. After the clean-up, you will be able to come up with some caps, nails.
Perimeter Drip Edge
Number two is a perimeter drip edge; a perimeter drip edge goes along the entire perimeter of the house. Just make sure to do a walk around and do a visual around the entire house to make sure there are no missing pieces of drip edge.
Get up on the roof and just do it an entire perimeter walk and make sure that there’s a drip edge around the entire perimeter.
Number three is the underlayment, check it out all by lifting edge pieces to confirm that each of the roofing sheets is installed right on top of the other.
Perimeter Starter Strip
The perimeter starter strip lifts the field shingle and this is how you identify a starter strip because it usually has an adhesive strip that’s activated by heat. Usually, you need about three to five days of good eighty degrees and rising to activate this heat and then it’ll seal to your field shingle.
The first course of shingle is the first course that should be installed as your starter strip and it goes installed around the entire perimeter of the house.
Number five is a field shingle, it’s primarily all the faced the majority of the house and ninety-five percent of on the roof field shingle. What you need to look is for just to make sure that it’s straight is not crooked, they’re aligned properly and nailed properly.
The field shingles or we look for relatively want to see all the lines on the roof to make sure everything is straight and aligned. We want to make sure nothing pops out or was missed or is crooked, all the lines are straight which means they chalk lines everything they should install everything as per manufacturer specification.
Number six is accessories and those are anything from three-in-one pipes, turtle van, slant backs, Ridge vents, exhaust flue pipes. Those are accessories, so we want to do an overall check out and check on them to make sure that all are sealed properly.
House may have some pokies some roofing asphalt on it, make sure everything is sealed is nailed properly. Everything is fastened which is needed, the other items that you should look at on the property are to check out its ventilation for like your toilets, sinks, and stuff like that.
Here it is you want to raise it and make sure that it has roofing cement underneath your nails are sealed off or exposed nail heads.
Number seven is valleys and typically what the valleys just want to make sure that they’re straight and that the higher pitch is about overlapping the lower pitch. The valley is about an inch to two inches above the actual valley cut. Have a look at the steeper slope and its top to have it an inch crease an inch to two inches above the valley. This is just a common practice you want to know look at it and make sure that your valley is generally straight right and that it’s one inch to two inches above the valley cut and split all.
Ridge & Hip Caps
Number eight what we look for is our ridge caps and hip caps on some property it’s a riser ridge which is a pretty nice high-profile ridge. Typically, people like to install these on houses right because it makes a nice statement on that curve.
Generally speaking, what you need to look for is just to make sure that everything is straight, and looks nice and uniform and straight. Just make sure that each cap has two nails on them to want to make sure that all caps are straight and half two nails on them.
All right guys we are all done with the eight items that we look for when doing quality control or post or final inspection on a shingle roof installation.