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Asphalt Shingle Roofing: Reference Page

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1. General: For a good, informative general article about various roof systems, see this page at the Whole Building Design Guide site, which is maintained by the National Institute of Building Sciences.

2. General: “How They’re Made: CertainTeed Asphalt Shingles” is a two-minute video that quickly covers the manufacturing process for asphalt shingles. It’s kind of fun to watch. Reminds me of the educational films they used to show in elementary school.

3. General: Coatings: “Coating of Asphalt Shingles After Installation” is a technical bulletin put out by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. Read this. It’s probably not a good idea to put a roof coating on your shingles.  

4. Building Codes: “R905.2 Asphalt Shingles” from the 2018 International Residential Code and “1507.2 Asphalt Shingles” from the 2018 International Building Code. Both available at the UpCodes website.

5. Historic Roofing: For a brief history of early asphalt shingles, see “Roofing for Historic Buildings – Asphalt Shingles” on the website of the National Park Service.

6. Inspection: “Mastering Roof Inspections: Asphalt Composition Shingles, Part 1” at the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors website is a good place to start. There are 54 MORE PARTS (!) in this asphalt shingle roof inspection guide, and they can be accessed from this page. Anyone who has an asphalt shingle roof should take the time to look through this guide. It’s more like an owner’s manual than an inspection checklist.

7. Inspection: “ROOFER: Steep Roofing Inventory Procedures and Inspection and Distress Manual for Asphalt Shingle Roofs” is an extremely detailed and valuable resource put together by the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center.

8. Safety: See this material safety data sheet for health and safety information about asphalt shingles at the GAF websiteThis is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

9. TechnicalSee this installation guide to see what’s going on (or should be going on) in a fairly typical asphalt shingle roof. Available on the GAF website.

10. Technical: “Blistering of Organic Asphalt Shingles” is a short technical bulletin available at the website of the Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers’ Association.

11. Technical: “Installation of Asphalt Shingles on Low Sloped Roofs” is a technical bulletin from the Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers’ Association. Provides guidelines for installing shingles on roofs with slopes between 2-in-12 and 4-in-12.

12. Technical: Wind Effects on Asphalt Shingles” is a thorough, well-sourced, and well-illustrated technical paper made available by Haag Engineering. Gives you a good understanding of the subject, and helps with identifying wind-related roof damage.

13. Technical: See this product data sheet for the technical characteristics of asphalt shingles at the CertainTeed website. This is only an example and other products and brands may be different.

14. Manufacturers: See a list of asphalt shingle manufacturers.

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