The author prefers R&R shingles because their parallel sides and square butts make them faster to install.
When the installation includes housewrap, the author applies an additional layer of Grade D building paper as the shingles go up.
To speed production, shingles are sorted into piles spaced 3 or 4 feet apart along the wall with the tips oriented in the same direction.
Nail strippers have slots for the points of nails to drop through; a quick shake and the nails are lined up and ready to go.
Stacking boards allow the author’s crew to quickly install straight, consistent courses without having to measure every course or snap chalk lines. For 5-inch exposure shingles, the author rips the stacking boards to 4 15/16 inches.
To help prevent leaks, shingles should be notched around corners and scribed to fit tightly against the trim.