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Two Tips For Refitting Architectural Shingles After Strong Gusts

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In contrast to normal shingles, architectural shingles come in all sorts of shapes for a more attractive and textured appearance. While they have a lot in common with normal shingles, they're a little heavier due to their raised centers and their thicker fiberglass supporting mats. If you find yourself having to fit architectural shingles back together again after a gust of wind blows them off your roof, these two tips will be invaluable.

Don't Let A Single Shingle Nail Rise Up Enough To Catch The Wind

Since roofs with architectural shingles are more uneven than roofs with normal shingles, there's a lot more for the wind to catch on to. If on top of this, one of the nails on your roof is raised enough to get caught by the wind, there's a good chance that the shingle it's attached to will become dislodged.

If the passing wind gust is extremely strong, the shingle that became dislodged due to a nail could fall on another shingle and cause it to be dislodged too. While this doesn't always lead to a chain reaction culminating in a line of broken shingles across your whole roof, there's a very serious risk, because architectural shingles are heavier on average. While this extra weight isn't enough to stop your shingles from moving in the wind in the first place, it's enough for it to be a serious blow when one shingle strikes another.

To prevent wind from becoming a huge problem again, pay special attention to hammering each of the numerous nails on your shingles in a smooth and consistent manner. If one of the nails has a crack on it and won't stay down, don't ignore the problem. Instead, promptly replace the nail.

Keep The Exposed Fiberglass Mats Free From Moisture

The fiberglass mats on the bottoms of your architectural shingles are necessary to give your shingles their structure and to protect your home from fire. Since the asphalt top on an architectural shingle is usually a little bit taller and heavier than normal, the fiberglass mat underneath has to be thicker to compensate. 

The main weakness of fiberglass mats is that they're only really safe from moisture when they're completely smothered by the asphalt above them. A thicker mat with more of an exposed surface area is even more vulnerable than normal to moisture penetration while you're still trying to put your shingles back in place. Therefore, as you prepare to start working, it's a good idea to bring a sheet of plastic with you in order to protect the shingles from any residual moisture that hasn't poured off of your roof yet.

Though it can be frustrating to deal with architectural asphalt shingles sometimes, the unique look that your home gains from them is well worth it. So whenever you have to do a roof repair job and you get frustrated, try to keep the end goal in mind. If you find too many shingles have blown off for you to fix them, contact a professional roofing contractor, like Ziparo Brothers Construction, to negotiate repairs.