Don’t Remove the cellophane protecting the Tar Strip!
One time we arrived at a job site to find that the material was delivered ahead of time. During this time, the homeowner proceeded to remove the plastic wrap from the back of the shingles. Good thing it was only a repair! I can’t imagine how long would take to do that for an entire roof replacement. This was not a help. In fact, it was completely unnecessary and potentially harmful to the process.
The tar strip is needed to help secure the shingles. With the heat of the sun, it helps create a seal between each layer of shingles. Surely one must think that the plastic cellophane must come off in order for that to happen.
The plastic is there primarily for protection during storage. This way the shingles will not become glued together if left in the heat, or just not used for a long time.
When your roof is installed in proper runs, the cellophane and the tar strips will be offset. The tar can set correctly and everything will seal as it should. Easy peasy!
Here’s a photo from www.inspectapedia.com for visual clarification on how the cellophane will not interfere with the tar. (Note: we do not own this image)
However, there are certain but rare times where the cellophane needs to be removed. If that is your case then your contractor will know, and take care of it accordingly.
If you are supposed to do something to assist in getting ready for a new roof, your contractor will let you know. Do not assume ANYTHING, and if you have questions double check with your contractor.
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