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The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.


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What Should You Do To Repair Lifted Shingles?

Lori Silva

Roofing shingles can lift up off the roof during serious and strong wind storms. This is called shingle lift and it can leave you with a number of shingles that do not sit flat against the roof. And, you may be wondering how you can go about saving these shingles. Well, sometimes you can, and other times, you will need to contact a roofing professional to make a repair for you. Keep reading to learn about how to inspect the lifted shingles and how you can make repairs if a fix is possible.

How To Inspect Lifted Shingles?

Lifted shingles will need to be inspected thoroughly to see if they can be repaired. To complete your inspection, you want to look at each shingle individually. You want to look at the top and the underside of the shingles. You are specifically looking for a crack in the shingle where it has bent. The bend is a sign that a replacement will be needed. These shingles are ones where the base of the shingle has been damaged. Specifically, the fibrous mat has been compromised making a full tear a real possibility in the near future.

Full bends or cracks are usually evident through visual inspection. However, partial cracks may not be so obvious. So, you want to lift up the shingle, investigate the underside, and bend it up slightly. If the bent shingle curls gently, then it likely has retained its structural integrity. If it starts to bend at a distinctive crease, then it is probably damaged. 

Any shingle that bends on a crease needs to be replaced while any gently curled shingle can be re-adhered to the roof.

How To Adhere The Lifted Shingles

If you have identified shingles that need to be fixed to the roof, then you will need some roof cement. This will act as a replacement for the sealant strip that has failed due to the wind pressure. This original strip is activated by the heat of the sun once the shingles are installed on the roof. While it cannot be reactivated, the adhesive can easily be replaced.

The roofing cement you buy should be a fluid compound containing petroleum oils, plasticizers, and mineral spirits. This type of product can be spread easily, and it will be sticky enough to seal each shingle. 

You can use a small roller to apply the roofing cement to the underside of each lifted shingle. Afterward, press the shingle gently against the roof. During the next wind storm, inspect your roof to make sure that the shingles have not lifted once again. 

Visit a site like http://osmusroofing.com/ to learn more about roofing and to get help repairing your shingles.