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Keeping your DeKalb home shingles secure

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Spring storms Storm front

The spring season is right around the corner which means Dekalb is about to endue many storms. We never know the severity and frequency of mother nature in Dekalb, but inevitably, a lot of homeowners end up dealing with property damage as a result from storms. Roof shingles must withstand intense elements and are at risk to becoming damaged following heavy winds or hail. Although you cannot control the weather, there’s still a lot you can do to protect your home so it can endure the weather’s brutality.

            The weather in Dekalb can cause shingles to become damaged or completely torn off. Once it becomes damaged, it is important to quickly replace it because once it breaks free, your Dekalb home will become vulnerable to more damage. You can avoid further damage by securing the shingles on your roof. The first thing you can do to secure shingles is to properly nail them to your roof. Did you know there should be at least six nails or staples to hold each shingle? When roofers install the nails or staples, the edges should also be overlapping.

When shingles begin to bend or curl as they settle, use roof tar or another adhesive to reaffix the shingle to the roof. To apply roofing tar, manually brush or spread on the desired area. It can be used anywhere that a spray-on sealant is used. Be sure to also cover the nail with a protective silicone or roofing cement so that the nail head does not become a source for leaking.

            Lastly, another way to protect the roof shingles on your Dekalb home is to use sealant spray. This is to be used where shingles leak around flashing, gutters, or vents. Similar to acrylic sealants, but this spray comes in a can and is intended for smaller areas. Sealant spray does a great job filling in cracks where the shingles meet flashing around chimneys, vents, or skylights.

            If your home is in need for new shingles, there are an overwhelming amount of options to choose from. A new roof can last you decades, so be sure you like the color or style you choose. To narrow your search, here are the three primary types of asphalt shingles:

  • 3-Tab Shingles are the most basic and economical choice. They are lightweight and can last a couple decades in the right conditions.
  • Dimensional Shingles have a reputation for being very durable and can last at least 30 years. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer Association, they are the most popular choice today.
  • Luxury Asphalt Shingles have the Dimensional appearance but are more affordable than slate or cedar alternatives.

If your Dekalb home has experienced water damage from a missing or damaged shingle, SERVPRO® of Dekalb can bring your home back to preloss conditions. We are the water mitigation experts and will minimize your home’s water damage. We are here to service your needs 24-hours a day. For any questions or need to schedule an appointment, call our office: (847) 758-3900.

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