Waterproofing Your Roof

During monsoon season in Arizona, we can get a lot of rain and humidity. The first thing that gets hit with the heavy rainfall and high humidity is your roof. Water can cause a lot of issues to your roof if moisture gets trapped. To avoid this, it’s best to waterproof the roof. You’ll want to waterproof under and over the shingles.  

Waterproofing Under the Shingles- The most common roof type are shingle roofs. These shingled roofs should contain a strong waterproof material like tar paper or roofing felt that will go between the rafters and shingles. You can also waterproof under the shingles using thermoplastic polyolefin.  

Waterproofing Over the Shingles- When you waterproof the shingles, you can get a few more years without having to replace the roof. You’ll want to get a waterproofing compound and spray, roll, or brush onto each shingle. You can go with an oil-based compound that lasts longer or a water-based compound that is more environmentally friendly.  

It is important to note that these both need to be done for your roof to be the most waterproofed as possible. Start with hiring a roofing contractor to waterproof under the shingles. They can safely and professionally do this for you. Then, either they can waterproof over the shingles or you can if you’re not concerned about safety.  

Almeida Roofing is a certified and professional roofing company in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Our trained roofing specialist can assist with properly waterproofing your roof. We pride ourselves in taking care of our clients to the best of our ability! Almeida Roofing is here for all your roofing needs! 602-743-3175 

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.