Several of you got it right, but Gary got it first. Good eye! (Though Gary should get docked 3 doughnuts for trying to police the placement of this challenge! )
The top two rows of shingles were perfectly aligned with each other and water leaked all along the length of this area of the attic.
The owners addressed the leaks by caulking all the joints at the decking and the rafters and by laying down a plastic sheet over the entire attic section. :roll: The best part of it all is that it had been that way since 1992. Leaking only occurred during heavy rains so the owners apparently never got too concerned about it.
Send me a PM Gary with the address for your prize. Good answers guys!
When installing enhanced comp roofs, the first row is laid in full at the lower corner of one end of the roof. The second is started by cutting up one full shingle by thirds. The second row uses the two-thirds wide piece, and the third row starts at the gable edge with the one-third piece. Then full pieces/sections are used throughout. It is important to start the first three rows of shingles at the lower corners this way, or you get serious open shingle joints, as what happened here.
May roof installers do not, or cannot, read the instructions on the bags of the shingles.
Actually, my renewal date isn’t up yet and I’ve already “re-enlisted”, that is, they have my money. InterNACHI must be using a Windows based computer.
Good description Gary, I would just add for the newbies that the stairstepping you describe has to repeat beyond the first three rows which is I’m sure what you meant. The majority of this roof was properly staggered but for some reason only the top two courses were aligned. It made no sense at all except that there were original construction mistakes similar to this throughout the home. I think the owner took on some of the construction themselves.
These architectural grade shingles aren’t as easy to spot when the seams aren’t staggered correctly, or at least they don’t jump out at you like a common three-tab will.