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“How to install architectural shingles’ or better stated “How not to install”"is an explanation of how to and how not to install architectural shingles.
I explain about the cellophane in “Nailing 3-tab shingles”
I explain my reasoning in detail :
I see by comments that by flying in the face of sacred cow beliefs, I’ve gotten more views.
It seems that many don’t agree about the cellophane removal.
When repairing roofs damaged by wind, the value of this advise is readily apparent.
In 1973, I was employed for a short while by Gary Heaton Roofing of Orem-Provo, Utah. Gary was also the official Sears-Roebuck Installer. He had us remove the cellophane from the backs of the shingles. It didn’t take that much time with the proper use of our roofing hackets. Over the intervining 41 years, my experience with repairing wind damage on shingled roofs, I’ve seen the wisdom in Gary’s instructions. If people don’t want to learn from Gary’s experience and mine, so be it. Maybe they should make a video of their own.
This video has received many views. Mostly because people disagree with me when I advocate that the cellophane strips on the shingle be removed before roof installation. Even had a comment today saying I was all wrong.
Last Sautrday night the winds that hit Ivins, Utah blew roofs, trees, fences, awnings, and other things apart or away in all directions including up.
On Monday I picked up much of what had blow off of my roofs(tabs and roll roofing) and repaired a neighbor’s roof.
Yes there were many tabs ripped off and nails out but where the shingles themselves had come off the roof, the cellophane was still underneath. Where previous patches had been made and the cellophane removed, the shingles stayed attached to the roof even though tabs may have been blown off.
Why take the cellophane off? It just makes sense.
Recently a firm I do maintenence for, requested my experience with roofing.
I worked for Gary Heaton Roofing Of Provo-Orem in the early 1970s. He was the licensed Sears installer. We were instructed to remove the cellophane. And in my repairing experience of the past 40 years, I can see the wisdom in it.
Leave the cellophane on if you wish.
I’ll be happy to come and put the shingles back on after the winds pull them off.
I can use the money.
I’ve done roofing from Las Vegas, Nevada to Salt Lake City, Utah and in Lane County Oregon and this has been my experience in all those locals.
12/13/2014: Gaf says this: The film strips are to prevent shingles from sticking
together while in the bundle. Do not remove the film strip before or during the application. (Get that, “to prevent the shingles from sticking together in the bundle”)
When applied, they are no longer in storage so the do not remove statement makes no sense.
I’ve checked with Gaf, http://www.gaf.com/, and no where in their published limited warranty documents does it mention nullification of said waranty if the release film is removed.
Last week, a roofing crew removed old shingles on a building in St. George, Utah. It gets hot here. The shingles on the sunsides, south and west, were mostly void of gravel and many even the fiberglass was gone exposing the shingle below. The release film(cellophane) was intact in perfect condition under all of the shingles.
It doesn’t disintegrate on the roof.
My experience(50 plus years) is that it is best to remove the strip when installing. It is no longer in storage.
If you diagree, don’t watch me and don’t listen to me.
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My son sent a link to inspectapedia,com/roof about the cellophane issue.
Steve, It’s interesting but they lie in more than one place.
Heat and sunlight do not “activate the mastic through the cellophane”.
And removal does not ruin the shingle.
And no one installs and goes back to lift tab and remove the cellophane.
Do not remove means only for storage.
No roof that I have ever applied with the cellophane removed has ever even lost one shingle.
Whereas roofs I repair suffering from wind damage, always has the cellophane on and in new condition.
The biggest thing I stress in this video is how to properly nail or staple the shingle. Does anyone ever listen to that?
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