In any type of shingle replacement, your hired contractor will estimate how many are needed in each “square”, which is equal to around 100 square feet. Each square is broken down into three bundles each, with at least around 10 to 15 percent extra to account for waste when cutting into valleys and chimneys. That means if you had a recent roof replacement, there’s a likely chance that you have a few shingles left over. This can often be just a spare bundle or two as a precaution in case your contractor needs more shingles than what was estimated.
Throwing out your extra shingles would be a bit of a waste, so how can you use them? Expert Contracting shares some ingenious ideas:
Use It on Smaller Roofing Projects
If you have smaller pending projects to take on this year such as a shed, gazebo, or even a doghouse, you can use your leftover shingles as a roofing material! Color won’t be an issue as they already go with your main roofing system’s design. The design won’t have to be as grand as the rest of your home’s exteriors, but it can still add more visual appeal.
Save Some for Future Repairs
Even if your roofing system is installed and maintained by reputable contractors, it will still get damaged by weather or other natural elements over time. Setting aside your leftover shingles can also be handy when the time comes that you need a roof repair. Even when the exact color isn’t available, you won’t have to worry about finding matching shingles because you already have extra for the repair job!
Use Them on Your Front Walkway
During the winter season, the surface of the pavement on your home’s front walkway can become slippery due to the ice and snow. This can cause accidental injuries if precautions weren’t taken, so to avoid this, we suggest setting a row of shingles on your front walkway. The rough surface provides more traction when walking over them, which reduces the likelihood of slipping and injuries.
As one of the best asphalt shingle roofing companies in the area, you can always count on Expert Contracting! Call us today at (716) 572-7303 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Williamsville and nearby NY areas.