Avoid Roof Damage from Hanging Holiday Lights  

Whether you’re just now getting around to putting up Halloween decorations or can’t wait to hang the Christmas lights, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t damaging the roof in the process. Putting up holiday decorations should be fun and uplifting… not damaging! People tend to use methods that aren’t the safest or sturdiest. Learn tips to avoid unnecessary roof damage this holiday season!  

Avoid putting holes in the roof. Using screws, nails, and even staples leave holes in your shingles causing damage. As soon as you take those nails and staples out, those holes can fill with water that can cause the roof to rot. Be cautious about also putting holes in the wood around the perimeter of the roof to avoid wood rot. No holes in the gutters either!  

You’re probably thinking, “well how am I supposed to hang my lights now?!” You can use plastic clips! I personally find everything I need on Amazon but you’ll find some at the store too. Know what you’re hanging so you can decide which clips will work best for your roof and decorations. It’s not recommended to attach the clips to the shingles but, if necessary, DO NOT lift the shingles to do so. When the shingles get lifted, the bond to the roof can break and the roof tile can crack. When it’s time to put away the decorations, carefully remove the clips one at a time. 

Refrain from walking on your roof. Not only is it dangerous but you could really cause damage. Walking on the roof can weaken and crack the shingles. Again, this can create water damage to the roof and even the walls and ceiling inside the home. So, you’d have lots of repairs needed that you probably don’t want to worry about after spending so much money on gifts!   

This holiday season, be mindful of your roof. Don’t make holes, use clips, and don’t walk all over it. Save yourself money by using these tips. If you already have roof damage, Almeida Roofing can help you! 602-743-3175 

Signs The Roof Is Close To Crumbling

1.) Sounds such as cracking or popping.

2.) Windows and/ or doors that won’t shut or open correctly.

3.) Water leaks and damage.

4.) Ceiling and/ or walls have cracks.

5.) Sagging, bends, and ripples.

For all your roof repair or installation needs, Almeida Roofing is here to help!

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HOW TO REMOVE DAMAGED SHINGLES?

Maintaining a roof’s intactness is the most crucial task while renovations or maintenance. Roof protects a home from adverse weather conditions and natural disasters; therefore, it’s important to repair it immediately. The broken shingles look ugly, and may cause some serious damage to the durability of a roof. Shingles could be damaged due to a wind storm, hail, water leakages, ageing etc. Repair or remove damaged shingles is quite a simple task that requires little efforts and some tools.

Tools Required To Remove Damaged Shingles –

  • Claw hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Pointed roofing trowel
  • Utility knife
  • Roofing cement
  • Tar paper
  • Roofing nails
  • Replacement shingles
  • Leather gloves

For removing the damaged shingles, pick a day with moderate weather, i.e. not too cold and not too warm. Unseal the broken shingles Using a knife or pry bar. When the shingles get loose, then gently lift them up to loosen the seal strip. With the help of pry bar, slowly lift the damaged shingles and remove the first row of nails pinned above the tab slots. Repeat this action to release the remaining nails.

Next, you have to push the pry bar beneath the damaged shingle and remove the nails of the second row, like you did earlier. Don’t try to pull out the heads of the nails from the shingles’ surface, as it may break them. Replace the damaged one with the new shingle by sliding up into place. Now, pin it with nails ½-inches above the holes of old nails from the centre, towards the top row. Seal the shingle by applying the roofing cement. Also, replace other damaged nails. If shingles get split or cracked, due to any reason, you can fix them by using adhesive, instead of replacing them completely.

Shingles are always prone to be cracked, curled, brittle or damaged. If shingle breaks down as you try to repair it, that indicates that the shingle or all the shingles fixed in that area need to be redone.

Which is more expensive Shingle Roofing or Metal Roofing?
Metal roofing is becoming increasingly prevalent in the roofing sector. This has prompted homeowners to compare the more prevalent asphalt shingle roof to metal roofing.
One of the most often asked comparative questions in Roofing repair and maintenance is, “Is a metal cheaper than shingles roofing?”

Precautions –

  • Cool shingles with a water pipe, in hot weather, eases the separation of shingle tabs.
  • Avoid bending the shingles excessively, in cold weather, as it might cause cracking.
  • If you don’t know how to repair the damaged shingles, don’t take risk, it’s better to consult a roofing professional.