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Taking Care of Your Asphalt Shingle Siding

Asphalt shingle siding is commonly found on older buildings but can often last twice as long your standard asphalt shingles that would be nailed to your roof. Before the age of aluminum and vinyl siding, asphalt shingles were considered a reasonable choice when it came it outfitting your home for weather proofing purposes.

Asphalt shingle siding has a very particular look even though it can still be modified through stamping and color to have either the appearance of brick or stone. Even today, you may find asphalt shingles applied over wood siding, especially in cases where people had gotten tired of painting the house every year. In this case, a layer of tar paper is often found over the wood so that the shingles could be installed.

It is important to note that although asphalt siding is constructed with the same shingles used for roofing, their installation is different. Due to the shingles being installed vertically, the self-sealing tabs will not work for siding purposes. It is due to the amount of gravity exerted on the siding that you will discover that most self-adhering material will not attach to the overlying shingle on the underlying sealing tab.

Many contractors find that using roofing cement to secure each tab resolves the problem. In this way, asphalt shingle siding can be a more timely endeavor than installing the shingles onto your roof. In many ways, the installation process is similar to that of low-slope roof shingles. However, the nailing is also slightly increased. In a typical asphalt roofing installation, many contractors use approximately four nails per shingle. However, on siding, many manufacturers suggest using six nails or staples per shingle. Again, this method is suggested due to the amount of force exerted on the siding which is pulling the shingle straight down instead of against the sheathing- which is the case for roofs.

As with almost any other type of housing investment, the life of your siding will be extended with proper care and repair. Asphalt shingle siding care does not differ much from its roofing counterpart. First of all, it is important to ensure that your siding is installed properly. This will guarantee that your siding will provide lasting protection for your house. If you do not feel up to the challenge, there are sure to be contractors in your area who will be more than up to the task.

Make sure to check the condition of your shingles on a regular basis. This should include an in-depth look at least once a year. Look for damage and loose shingles. Make repairs and adjustments as needed. You made need to apply additional tar or cement to keep the shingles from coming loose. It is always a good idea to use a power sprayers to remove debris and loose materials from your siding.

Asphalt shingle siding is an excellent housing alternative that will keep your house weather proof and beautiful with minimal effort. Make sure to consult a contractor when buying product to ensure you get the most out of your household investment.

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