You might end up with extra shingles after your roofing work is done. This is because your roofing contractor usually allows 10% to 15% extra shingles to account for waste when installing a new roof. They estimate how many squares are needed, leaving extra to fit your roof’s features, such as chimneys, hips and valleys.
If you are left with a few bundles of shingles, don’t let them go to waste. Here’s what you may do with your leftover shingles.
Use for Smaller Projects
The leftover shingles can also be used as a sturdy roofing material for smaller home improvement projects. If your outbuilding, such as a shed, gazebo or doghouse, is visible from the street, you may want to coordinate its roof with your actual home’s roof. For this reason, consider using your extra shingles as covering for your outbuilding. Not only will this attract attention and improve curb appeal, but it will also help you save money from spending on new materials.
Save for Future Repairs
Severe rainfall or hail storms may damage your roofing system in the future. As such, be sure to save at least one bundle of shingles for storm damage repair services. Since your supplier may not carry your current shingle style or color in 5 to 10 years, you will still have matching shingles by saving your leftover shingles. To ensure they remain in good condition, store them at a temperature that is neither hot nor cold. They should also be protected against moisture to avoid making their adhesive strip less effective.
Add Flair to Your Indoors
Shingles are not only for your outdoors, but for your indoors as well! If your shingles are made of cool natural slate or cedar, they make for great indoor furniture, which can boost the appeal of your home. Depending on how many shingles are left, you may want to use them to design an impressive accent wall or a unique piece of art. You may also consider painting or staining them for a more enhanced look.
Set It Up on Your Walkway
During the winter, you should consider setting a row of asphalt roofing shingles on your walkway to avoid injuries. The rough surface of these shingles provides traction and eliminates the risk of slips and falls. Shingles are a better alternative to salt as salt causes damage to your concrete walkway and your footwear.
By maximizing the use of your leftover shingles, rest assured you get your money’s worth. For more inquiries regarding your roof, get in touch with Willi Roofing Services. Our experts are determined to assist you with your storm damage insurance claim and more. Call us today at (512) 394-8234, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Pflugerville, Austin, Lakeway and surrounding areas.