Today the wind blew hard and a neighbors shingles sustained a little damage.

When I got onto the roof to nail and glue tabs back on, I came across a place where the shingles hadn’t originally been nailed on. That’s not the way to get them to stay on.  And also the cellophane strip that is put on backs of shingles to prevent sticking while in the bundle had been left on and guess what, prevented the shingles from sticking while on the roof where you want them to stick together.  Two stripes had been torn loose and were flapping in the wind from under the edges of the shingles.

Tip: When you put your shingles on, stop and remove that cellophane strip from the backs first.  Oh, and remember to nail all the shingles down, four nails along the glue strip on the top side of the shingle before you put another one over it.

A little extra time during installation will save you a lot of headaches later on.

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