Composite Shingle Repair

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Composite Shingle Repair & Installation

In the past couple of articles, we’ve discussed the repair and installation of metal roofs, and roof shakes. However, we believe that you should know about your options before you make a decision about hiring a roofer. In this article, we’re going to examine composite shingles, and why they are a good option for your roof. Specifically, we’re going to look at the following:
 

What are Composite Shingles?

Composite shingles, or composition shingles, are the same as asphalt shingles. If you want more information on asphalt shingling, take a look at our article about them here. Effectively, it’s just two different terms. They have this other name, though, because it’s an accurate description of what they’re made of. Composite shingles are made with a composition of different materials, rather than just one material, including fiberglass and minerals.

 

 

Composite Shingle Installation

Since asphalt shingles are flexible, they are easier to install than some other varieties of roofing, especially on roof ridges. Nonetheless, they can still be time consuming. Composite shingles require a felt underlayment before they’re affixed to the roof.
Once you being the roofing process, you will probably want a guideline of sorts to help. You’ll need to cut some into different lengths and sizes to fit certain areas of the roof. It also depends on the type of shingle. Thee tab shingles, for example, will require different installation techniques than traditional composite shingles.

The Advantages of Composite Shingles

You benefit in a number of ways if you choose composite shingles. They come in a variety of colors and styles, so you have flexibility in choosing which ones best fit your home’s design. Furthermore, composite shingles are inexpensive compared to other kinds of shingles.
They also don’t wear out after a short period of time, either, and are very durable. If you want an environmentally friendly option, then composite shingles are right for you. When you recycle them, they will be used to pave the roads later.

Repairing a Composite Shingle Roof

Inspecting your shingles is the first step of determining if you need to repair any, naturally. Some of the problems will be obvious. Curled shingles are obvious problems, but sometimes you can find other signs without having to climb on your roof. If there are mineral particles in your gutters, that’s a sign of worn shingles.
Once you found the signs, you next need to decide whether it needs to be replaced entirely, or if it just needs repairs. If repairs are all that are necessary, then it’s a relatively easy fix. First, lift up the problem area carefully with a putty knife. Next, apply some asphalt roofing cement under the lifted part. In the case of a curled shingle, you can fix it by nailing it down and covering the nail heads with roofing cement. Make sure not to use too much, or it will stand out from the rest of the roof.
With severe damage, the shingles will require replacing.
If this is necessary, you can do it yourself, but we recommend you contact a Tulsa roofing inspector to take a look at it first. Alternatively, you can contact a professional roofer to take care of it for you.

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