How to Store Your Roofing Materials

Roofing Materials

A roof is a substantial investment that should last many years. Finding a roofing contractor who does the job right is essential to protect your investment and ensure that you won’t get leaks or other problems after paying to have your roof done. We believe a great contractor does his best from the start, especially when handling roofing supplies. Because moisture and heat can damage supplies in Atlanta, this guide can tell you the proper storage techniques.

Temperature Matters

Most roofs are made out of asphalt shingles. They are particularly susceptible to damage if the weather is too cold. Atlanta doesn’t often get cold enough to interfere with the adhesive qualities of the asphalt (around 40 degrees Fahrenheit), but heat can also cause problems (when it’s hotter than 110 degrees). Roofing suppliers recommend storing asphalt shingles in a dry, temperate place with ventilation. Putting the shingles up when it’s a mild day, not too hot or cold, can ensure that they adhere properly and make your roof sturdy in the long run.

Wind and Moisture

You should ensure that your shingles are stored where there is good ventilation to prevent damage from moisture building up. Moisture leads to mold and mildew growth. While it’s unlikely your shingles will be sitting long enough to develop these issues, the wetness can still cause damage to different parts of the shingles. Ideally, your shingles will be covered by a tarp strung between 2 buildings or in the front part of a garage where they will not be disturbed.
The way to make sure that your shingles are installed and stored properly is to keep an eye on your contractor crew and make sure that the specific instructions for handling the shingles are followed. The exact number of nails and cement specified will work the best to give you a well-constructed roof. Because the engineers who made the shingles did extensive tests to see what works best, you can trust the product recommendations.