Asphalt or Cedar Shingle Roof
Repairs & Replacement
Many roofs can be
repaired before replacing. We can give you an estimate for either.
Caps and shingles that are exposed to overhead trees will wear
faster on one side of your structure compared to the rest. In this
case cleaning and re-roofing an area can be cost effective.
Cedar to Asphalt
Conversions is another option that home owners look at as a way of
adding to the value of their house. Asphalt Shingle companies give
warranties on their products were as Cedar shingles you know will
wear out eventually. When reselling a house saying that it has a new
roof is better than saying it has been repaired...
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Broken shingles are carefully removed first. Any
roofing cement under is scraped until the opening is clean. In cases
where the shingles are blown away by the storm, protruding nails are
removed. New shingles are slid into the gap, with front edges
aligned with shingles on each side and back edges under shingles in
row above them. Corners of overlapping shingles are lifted and
fastened with galvanized roofing nails. Nail heads are covered with
roofing cement for protection.
After roof shingles
repair, the chimney flashing, the flashings around vents and vent
pipes are inspected. When shingles are broken, they are replaced
with new ones. Curled-back shingles which are intact are reattached
with asphalt roof cement. In warm weather, they are simply
straightened out, but in cold weather, shingles become very brittle
and must be softened before they can be flattened out. To soften a
brittle shingle, a propane torch with a flame-spreader nozzle is
used. The flame is carefully applied to the curled edges of the
shingle; it should get just warm enough to soften but not hot enough
to catch fire.
A typical wood-shingle house is covered with
thousands of individual shingles and, over time, itís inevitable
that a few will split or become damaged. A chisel and hammer is used
to split the shingle into several narrow pieces. Shingle is then
removed with pliers. A new shingle is placed instead of the old one
and secured by galvanized cedar shingle nails. Cedar Shake Repair
Repairing a wooden shake roof is similar to repairing a cedar
shingles: ∑Broken shake is split into several pieces with a hammer
and a chisel. Pieces of broken shake are pulled out. ∑Since shakes
aren't flexible like shingles, it isn't possible to pry out nails.
A hacksaw is used to cut off nail heads as far down nail shaft as
possible. If nails canít be reached without damaging other shakes,
work is performed around them instead. ∑A gap left by the old shake
is measured, and the new one is cut about 3/8 inch smaller than the
measurement. The 3/8 inch clearance is necessary because the cedar
shake will swell the first time it rains. ∑New shake is installed.
If the nails that held the old shake were cut, the new one is just
slid into its places, with the top edge under the overlapping
shingles. It is then nailed with two galvanized roofing nails. If
the old nails were not cut off, the new shingle will have to be cut
to fit around them. The shake is pushed up into the gap hard enough
so edge is marked by the old nails. The slots for the nails are
carefully cut with a coping saw. ∑Once new shakes are in place and
nailed, caulking is applied on nail heads.