Replacing the Shingles on Your Roof

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Every home is going to have roofing problems at some points. One of the most common reasons these problems develop is that the shingles on them get old and need to be replaced. Here are some guidelines you should follow when replacing your shingles.

Replacing the Shingles on Your Roof

Know When to Put Them On

Installing shingles on a wet surface can be very dangerous. You shouldn’t do so if it has rained in the past week or so. You may need to make some emergency repairs to your house, but you should usually wait until it is safe to work on your roof. You should also contact a professional with roofing experience if you need help.

You want to make sure that it is warm enough for you to feel comfortable being outside for at least a few hours. You will need to work with your bare hands to get a good grip on them, which means that you won’t be able to work on your roof while wearing gloves. That is why most people prefer putting new shingles on during the summer or late spring.

Choosing the Right Shingles

You will need to make sure that you choose the right shingles for your roof.  There are a variety of things that you will need to think about when making this decision. Here are some different types of shingles and the situations when you may want to use them:

Types of Shingles

There are two different types of shingles: three-tab and architectural. Three-tab shingles work fine for most people. They can withstand wind speeds of up to 70 miles per hour and should last at least 20 years.

However, there may be some instances where architectural shingles will be better fit. You may want to buy them if you don’t want to replace them for at least 30 years. Architectural shingles are also better if you live in an area where wind speeds can exceed 100 miles per hour or you have to deal with hail regularly.

Materials

Both architectural and three-tab shingles can be made from many different types of materials. Most homeowners buy shingles made from asphalt. They are very durable and weather resistant, but they don’t always work well with heavier tiles. Some manufacturers coat asphalt shingles with fiberglass to make them hold tiles more easily.

You can also buy shingles that are made from ceramic or brick. These are some of the longest lasting shingles on the market. However, they may not work well if the seasons change regularly because your temperature will fluctuate considerably throughout the year.

Slate shingles are another option. They are resistant to weathering, fire damage, and corrosion. However, you will probably need an expert to help install them for you.

Know When to Ask for Help

Installing shingles can be very difficult for most homeowners. You may want to hire a professional to help you out after you have bought the shingles that you intend to install. There are a number of great housing contractors who will be happy to assist you.

About the Author: Kalen is a financial, lifestyle and real estate writer. He writes about saving money, budgeting and home improvement.