Richard Jiudice: Excellent article. The only thing "missing" is the age-old question: Should the thin plastic covering be removed from the shingle sealant strips? If not, why does the manufacturer even put sealant strips on the shingles? After a bad summer in 2013 with hailstorms, every roofer I talked to effectively said "Oh no, the strips don't need to be removed." ... Huh? Then what's the purpose of the sealant?

Greg Bublitz: Richard, the thin plastic strip is designed to keep the sealant strip from sticking to the shingle next to it in the package. If the plastic strip becomes stuck to the sealant strip while in the package and releases from the back of the shingle where it is intended to be, then it should be peeled off of the tar strip at...

or Register to read the full article.