About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
When your asphalt shingle roof is damaged, the roofer may need to replace some shingles when they do roof repairs. However, depending on the age and condition of your roof, they may decide to repair the shingles instead. This may be done when possible so the new shingles don't look out of place since they're new and brighter.
Even if shingles from the same brand and color are chosen, shingle replacement can be obvious on your roof. If your shingles are old, it may not be possible to find the exact color match. The solution for this problem is to repair the old shingles instead, as long as that's possible without risking a roof leak. Here's how this type of roof repair might be done.
Fill Cracks With Roofing Cement
If a shingle has a crack in it, it might be possible to seal the crack with roofing cement. Roofing cement can be forced into cracks and holes or smoothed out over the surface. The cement is able to handle many types of roof repairs since it is a filler as well as an adhesive.
The area has to be cleaned as well as possible first, and then the cement is applied. The roofer may add granules to the cement before it dries since the roof granules provide protection as well as color. In addition to repairing cracks, roofing cement can be used to fill in blisters after they've been punctured and to seal loose shingles to the deck.
Flatten Curled Shingles With Adhesive And Weight
Shingles can curl up along the edges, and if that happens, the shingles need to be flattened so they don't get picked up by the wind and ripped off. Shingles are somewhat flexible, so it might be possible to flatten the shingles and secure them to the roof with cement or another adhesive. The roofer may need to put a brick or heavy board over the bottom of the shingles to keep them flat while the adhesive cures.
The roofer may also want to determine what caused the shingles to curl up, as this is often caused by excessive heat in the attic. Roof repair that includes improving attic ventilation might prevent curling on other shingles.
Replace Lost Granules
If a tree branch has been sweeping against the roof, it may have scraped off the granules on a few shingles. This can be a serious problem since the granules protect the shingles from UV rays. Plus, shingles without granules look dark and different from nearby shingles.
Your roofer might retrieve the granules from the gutter trough if the gutters caught enough of them, or they may supply new granules in a color that matches the old ones. The new granules can be added to the bare shingles and secured with adhesive so the shingles are protected from the sun and have an attractive appearance. This roof repair could save you from having to replace the shingles
Contact a professional to learn more about roof repair.