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3 Important Tips When Maintaining Your Roof's Shingles

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Shingles are an integral part of your home's roof, as they are what protect it from various weather elements. Over time, though, they can start wearing down and stop working effectively. If you're dealing with worn shingles on your roof, keep these maintenance tips in mind. 

Adjust Curled Corners 

A minor problem that sometimes happens to shingles is when their corners start curling over. This can happen for many reasons, but it's usually because of the weather. Thankfully, fixing these curled corners isn't that difficult.

All you need to do is glue the curled portion down so that it's completely flat. You can't just use any glue, however. It needs to be industrial strength, weather-proof glue so that no matter what elements the glue gets exposed to, its strength will remain. To ensure the curled corners stay down, consider placing a brick on top until the glue has time to fully cure.

Fix Cracked Shingles

Just because some of your shingles have cracks doesn't mean you have to replace them entirely. A more effective and affordable solution is to apply a roofing sealant in between the crack. This will prevent the crack from getting any bigger and ensures the shingle stays in one piece. 

When applying this sealant, be sure to spread it completely inside the crack. After all, you want to create a tight seal so that water can't damage the shingle any further. Sealants come in many different colors, so you can choose one that matches the color of your shingles.

Have Your Shingle Roof Completely Replaced

There will be times when no amount of work can salvage your shingle roof. This is usually true if your roof is extremely old, has a lot of missing shingles, or if daylight can be seen peeking through the roof boards. If any of these issues are present, consider having your roof completely replaced by professionals.

Roofers will quickly take the old roof off and dispose of the materials in large metal bins. This proper disposal keeps your property clean and safe. Then, a new shingle roof will be installed based on your budget and aesthetic preferences. 

No matter what types of shingles are on your roof, they are not meant to last forever. You can keep them structurally sound and visually appealing, though, by taking certain preventative measures throughout the year. If you're uneasy performing these smaller repairs yourself and anytime you need shingle roof repair services, be sure to contact a local professional.