One of the signs that your home needs a roof replacement is curling shingles. With time our roofs wear and tear, resulting in cracks, dents, and damaged functionality. This is why we should regularly do professional inspections and of course, check our warranties from time to time.
To find out whether you need a full replacement, ask yourself: why are my shingles curling? This will get you a good start on intense research. Every issue we have in our homes has a different cause and requires different methods for solving.
Remember that purchasing a new roof isn’t that cheap and sometimes we just need to wait a while or opt for partial repair. If you only have a couple of curling shingles, the problem can get fixed with DIY, but if your entire roof is curled up, consulting a professional roofing company is necessary.
In the meantime, here is how to fix those annoying little curls:
What Do You Need?
Let’s start with the tools you need to fix those annoying curling shingles. Remember to take the necessary precautions at all times. Roof climbing is a dangerous task. If you are up to it, make sure to get access to:
- A ladder
- A paintbrush
- A putty knife
- Roofing cement
- Bricks/ cinder blocks
- Roofing nails
A Clever Trick
If you are wondering, fixing curling shingles is a very easy task. It involves a little bit of cement and some trickery. The first thing you should know is that as time passes by shingle granules end up in your gutters. So on your way to the roof, make sure to pick a handful from the gutters. You will use them to cover the adhesive later on. Now, we can move on to the actual procedure.
Fixing The Curls
After you place your ladder in a careful manner, step on top of your roof. Move toward your curled up shingles and find a comfortable position. To start fixing them, you first need to clean out any debris or granules beneath the surface. Here is how it should go:
- Lift up the shingle and with your dry paintbrush, remove any debris
- With your putty knife, apply a layer of cement beneath the curled up shingle
- Use your strength to press the shingle to the cement
- Sprinkle some granules over the adhesive
- Put a large heavy brick on top of the shingle (if the roof is shallow enough)
- If not, nail down the shingle edges with a hammer and some roofing nails
- If you have to nail down the shingle, apply cement over the nails and sprinkle them with granules afterwards.
- Wait 24 hours for the cement to dry