Recommendations for Storage and Application of Asphalt Roofing Shingles in Hot Weather
Asphalt shingles have been used successfully in various climate zones around the world, including desert and tropical
regions, for over one hundred years. Improved application efficiency and, more importantly, enhanced long-term
shingle performance can be achieved by following the recommendations outlined below for hot weather storage
Storage Prior to Use
Always follow the manufacturer’s precautions about stacking bundles and pallets; stacking bundles too high or
double-stacking pallets can indent or deform the shingles over time, particularly in warm weather or when shingles
are exposed to direct sunlight. As a general rule in hot weather, store shingles in a cool dry place in stacks no more
than four feet high. If higher stacking is necessary, it is recommended to use racks or bins so that the weight of the
bundles on the upper pallets does not bear down on the bundles below. Systematically rotate all stock so that the
material that has been stored the longest will be the first to be moved out (i.e. first in, first out).
Although asphalt shingles are designed to withstand direct exposure to the hot summer sun after installation, it is
best not to store the products in direct sunlight prior to installation. Storage in direct sunlight may also cause a
weathering and weakening of the packaging materials, making it awkward to handle the bundles prior to installation.
Removing Shingles from Bundles
Although shingles have a release film to prevent them from sticking to each other in the package, direct sun can
cause the sealant to become more aggressive, making the shingles more difficult to separate and remove from the
bundle. When removing shingles from a warm bundle, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; some products
may separate better or more easily when removed from the bundle “granule side up” or by quickly snapping the
shingles out of the bundle stack. This helps break the weak bond which may have formed between shingle sealant
and release films, allowing easier separation and minimizing potential shingle damage.
Placement of Shingles on Roof Prior to Installation
Shingles should be kept in bundles or handled in pairs and stacked squarely to maintain shingle sealant alignment
with the release tape until applied. Asphalt shingles become more flexible in hot weather, so avoid rough handling
that may tear the shingles or break the laminating adhesive bond on multi-layer shingles.
Keep bundles as flat as possible during the roof loading process and on the roof.
Do not drape shingles or bundles over the hips or ridges; keep shingles in their packaging until ready to be applied.
Always be careful when working on sloped roofs. In hot weather applications, the asphalt coating on the shingles will
Storage and Application
of Asphalt Roofing
Shingles in Hot Weather
soften. Wear soft-soled footwear to minimize foot slippage possibilities and scuffing of the shingles. On steeper
roofs where worker footprints, such as toe or heel marks, are likely to be more concentrated in small areas., use
reasonable care to minimize scuffing and, if necessary, wait until the shingles and ambient temperatures cool.
Ensure roof safety by following all required safety precautions; such precautions should include use of fall protection
For comfort reasons as well as the safety reasons noted above, on forecasted hot and sunny days it is advisable to
install shingles early in the day before the temperature reaches its maximum. One should also plan the roof
installation to “work around the sun,” i.e. work on the west – and south-facing slopes in the morning and the eastand north-facing slopes later in the day.
In hot weather, shingle pieces trimmed for hips, ridges, rakes, and valleys can quickly adhere to shingles that are
already applied if left on the roof with their sealant strip down. Use good housekeeping practices to minimize shingle
debris on the roof.
Most asphalt shingles are manufactured with a thermally activated asphaltic sealant which bonds the shingles
together once they are applied to the roof and exposed to a sufficient period of heat from sunlight. If this sealant has
been affected (blinded) by wind-blown dust from the surrounding environment or the job site (e.g. saw dust), the
sealant may not activate even on hot sunny days and the shingles will need to be manually sealed per the shingle
manufacturer’s instructions. On north-facing or steeper slopes the shingles may not seal immediately even in
warmer weather and may require manual sealing as well.
If repairs or other rooftop work is required during hot, sunny weather on existing shingled roofs, the shingles will be
susceptible to the same scuffing and possible damage noted above. Because the shingle sealant bond on existing
roofs is likely to be fully formed , their removal or repair will be difficult to perform without causing shingle tearing
and damage at the sealant interface. In such cases it may be best to wait until the shingles are cooler before
attempting shingle repair. If waiting is not feasible, lightly spraying the shingle surface with a water mist will cool the
shingle surface and may facilitate sealant bond separation. Caution: A wet roof surface can be slippery, so take
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