Over time, you can expect a roofing system to show physical signs of wear and tear. Factors like heat, sunlight, rain, snow, ice, winds, wildlife, and improper installation, can all be possible causes for this inevitable occurrence. Fortunately, with proper maintenance and care, you can extend the life of your roofing system and put off the onset of natural wear and tear even longer. But at some point, regardless of how well a person takes care of a home, a roof will need to be replaced.
Until then, there are many temporary repairs you can make yourself to hide an aging roof. One particular roof defect that is simple to repair is a curling roof shingle. Whether curling upwards or downwards, you can temporarily fix curling shingles until you are ready to replace your roof.
Continue reading for a quick guide to doing just that!
Important Tips Before Getting Started
To temporarily fix curling roof shingles, all you need is some bituminous roof sealant (you can purchase this at any local home improvement store), a caulking gun, a tall ladder, and a brick. You can use a heavy stone or cement block in place of a brick, so long as it is safe to place on top of your roof. It is best to perform this project on a warmer day so that the adhesive bonds better to the roof underlayment. If you choose to perform this project in cold weather, you may risk having the shingle pop back, up or become brittle and crack.
How To Do It
Be sure you are familiar with ladder usage and safety before attempting to climb on your roof. Serious accidents and fatalities can occur as a result of negligent or improper ladder use. Once you are on your roof, lift up the curling roof shingle so that you can apply the adhesive to the roof underlayment, and then use your hand to press the shingle down. Cover it with a brick or heavy stone to ensure full fusion. Then simply remove the brick after 24 hours and check your work!
An Important Forewarning
It is essential to understand that this is just a TEMPORARY solution. Curling roof shingles is a serious problem that cannot be ignored for too long. Eventually, you will require professional Indianapolis roof replacement. Talk to a trusted and licensed roofing contractor for information and advice regarding your roofing system’s condition. An inspection is all it takes for them to determine the best course of action for your home or building.
Tips to Prevent Shingle Curling:
☑ Be sure your roof is adequately ventilated.
☑ Have your roof inspected annually by a licensed roofing contractor.
☑ Install a quality gutter system.
☑ Keep your gutters clear and clean.
☑ Maintain dry conditions and consistent temperatures.