Roof shingles are one of the best roofing that you could have for your home. Unfortunately, the materials used are not resilient to wear and tear. For example, a group of asphalt shingle has natural oils in them. Over exposure to extreme conditions during sunny days could result to the softening of these oils and eventually, they will be removed in the presence of rain. This event could lead to the shrinkage of the shingle. The removal of oil also causes the shingle to eventually rot.
The rotting of shingles paves way to leakage. And this is something that you should be alarmed about. Leakage can be the root of many problems like mold proliferation, energy inefficiency leading to expensive electric bills and further degradation of other parts of the roof that could lead to expensive repairs. That is why, before the problem worsens, you need to exert effort to fix the rotten shingle. This is the time when you are called to re-shingle your roof.
Re-shingling a roof can now be a DIY project. If it is a minor problem, you can save money by fixing it on your own. However, before you can do any of this, you really have to evaluate the severity of damage. If it is too big, it might be best to call a professional to do the job for you. This is because the damage may involve other parts of the roof that may be difficult to fix.
How do you re-shingle a roof? This sounds pretty easy but you have to be extra careful in doing this project. It involves plenty of risk. The first thing you have to worry about is your safety. Working on your roof can be dangerous. So you really have to take special precautions all the time.
When you re-shingle the roof, you really have to be prepared with the materials. You may need a nail gun, a linoleum knife or a pitchfork, some nails, chalk for markers and the shingles themselves. As to the shingle, make sure you buy one that is the same with your roof. It should also have the right size for uniformity.
Replacing the damaged shingles is easy to do. The first step is the removal of the damaged piece. You have to remove the needle holding that part and use a knife or pitchfork to take out the embedded shingle. The clean the area and inspect for other rotten parts. If it is okay, you can replace the damage shingle and nail it down. Make sure you put roofing cement to the shingle and the nail head for leak prevention. However, you can also put a new shingle on top of the old one. Just remember to secure the damaged shingle before concealing it with the new one.
If you plan to apply shingle for the whole roof, you may need extra tools like roofing felt, boards, feather strips and starter strips. These materials will be used depending on the extent of damage.
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