Although wood shingle’s biggest drawback is their tendency to catch fire compared to other roofing materials, it’s no denying that one time or two, you have dreamed of a house with a natural appearance or considered it at the very least. Aside being the most environment-friendly among others, it is energy efficient, durable and can last 15 to 40 years depending on the climate and weather exposure.
Wood shingles instalments process might be difficult thus having a professional roofing contractor is always better to prevent future damages caused by poor workmanship. Applying preventive measures is suggested as well to keep the roof from termites and molds.
Some of damages of wood shingles can be easily fixed depending on the degree of the damage. Molds can be just power wash off; some damages can be just resealed. You can just nail down a shingle that has lifted from the roof and then sealing the nailheads with sealants or roofing cement. A split shingle can be repaired by nailing them to the roof deck, closing the gap between the two splits and then sealing them with roofing cement.
But sometimes, warped, cracked, or broken shingles must be replaced. Know how to replace shingles through three major steps: (1) Removing the Damaged Shingles, (2) Preparing the Replacement Shingles, and (3) Installation of the New Shingles.
Removing the Damaged Shingles
After identifying the damaged shingles, remove them using a hammer and chisel. You can also remove the shingles using a hacksaw to cut the nails underneath the shingle. Using a shingle ripper is another option.
Preparing the Replacement Shingles
In cutting the new shingle into fit, it should be half inch narrower than the space thus having a quarter inch allowance on each side of the replacement shingle for expansion when moisture changes, otherwise, it may warped or crack.
Installation of the New Shingles
Slide the new shingle under the shingle above, stopping after the butt of the new shingle be about ¾ inch longer than the other shingles adjacent to it. Always remember to have a quarter inch allowance from the neighboring shingles. After positioning the new shingle, drive two nails just right below the butt of the shingle above of it. Angle the nail angled upwards but do not fasten the nail tightly. Shingles should be hung and instead of fastened. Then, place a wood block at the butt of the new shingle to drive it with a hammer until levelled with the adjacent shingles. The woodblock prevents having hammer marks and evening the impact of the hammer.
Sometimes, a shingle repair might fail, or there is a splitting shingles that need immediate attention. You can have a temporary treatment. Shingles that splits along their length can be treated using an aluminium sheet about two inches wide and longer than the shingle’s split area. Insert the aluminium sheet beneath the spitted shingles. This will prevent water from flowing inside the house temporarily. Replace the shingle as soon as possible with the steps given above.