Asphalt Shingle Siding

Asphalt shingle siding is commonly found in old buildings, and often last twice as long as the asphalt shingles on roofs.

Asphalt shingles were common before the age of aluminum and vinyl siding, and were the alternative replacement siding.

In some cases, the siding was modified, through stamping and coloring, to have the appearance of either brick or stone, and they were commonly used as a siding material on mansard buildings, for example.

Even today, you may find asphalt shingles applied over wooden siding especially in cases where people have gotten tired of painting the siding, in which case a layer of tar paper covers the wood and the shingles go over it.

The shingles used in these projects are made of the same shingles as roofing shingles, but are installed differently.

Due to the shingles being installed vertically, the self-sealing tabs won't work in the case of shingles in a siding.

Due to the force of gravity, you are likely to find that the self-adhering material won't attach the overlying shingle to the underlying sealing tab.

To fix this, one solution that some contractors use is roofing cement used to secure each tab to the shingles below.

In many ways, the process is similar to installing low-slope roof shingles.

The nailing is also different to asphalt shingles on roof installations, where you typically find that four nails or staples per shingle could be typical.

However, on a siding, six nails or staples per shingle is what many manufacturers recommend and many contractors do.

Again, using more nails or staples on the shingle is due to the effect gravity has on pulling the shingle straight down instead of down against sheathing as is the case in roofs.

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