I have been up on my roof and have seen a couple of spots where the
shingles don't actually touch--I can see the paper that normally lies
underneath the shingles. Now I have not noticed any leaking or
anything like that, but I'm thinking that an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.
My options are: I do have some leftover shingles in the garage, that
are much wider than these gaps. I also have a few bits and pieces of
older shingles that have come off the roof, that I have kept for
situations like this. Also, in the past, I have worked with Henry's
roof cement, a black sticky tar-like substance.
I'm wondering what would be the best product to fill in gaps that are
probably less than an inch wide, maybe 4-5 inches long. I'd rather
not use a whole, new shingle if I can avoid it. Are older ones that
have split up no longer good--would they be more likely to split up
If the shingles are installed correctly, there should be at least 2 layers
of shingle material at all locations. In gaps between the strips of shingles
you should see the top of the shingle from the row below not tar paper and
the gap in the top of the shingle strip should always be under the tab of
the shingle above it. Are you sure you are not mistaken, because if you are
correct, no sticky black tar like substance is going to fix the defective
installation for long.
Yes, I'm sure. The house was a bank repo and I talked to the roofers
when I was buying the house and they told me they were not
professionals--they did this on the weekend. Your comments about what
should be the case are pretty apropros for the situation. I could go
on but I won't.
OK now--so you are saying that roof cement wouldn't do it. Then my
next qeustion would be, are older shingles that have torn away ok to
use--or should be careful to use only new ones. As you can imagine,
these gaps are rather small, so it would be a bit overkill to use a
new shingle (the ones I have are a good 2 feet long if not longer).
The roofing job was either extremely old or the installers don't know
anything about roofing. Being able to see tarpaper anywhere on a roof
is a new one on me, never heard of anything except a totally worn out
roof where that ws possible.
Bite the bullet and get a new roof. It is a case of pay it now or pay
it in the very near future. No amount of patching is going to hold
Spread the word around for people not to use whatever outfit did the
Biting a bullet is bad advice. Sometimes they fire off and you could
end up killing an innocent animal like a coon or sumptin.
I gots sum roof patchin education. If roof leaks, git sum duck tape.
Bout 100 rolls, start the tape on the bottom of roof and go up over
the top and back down the udder side. Cut off roll and do dis again
and again. Bee sure to overlap tape by a quarder or half inch each
time. You gots to cover da whole roof like dis. When ya done, gets
yoself a 12 pack, git naked, and sit on da lawn an git drunk while
looking at your new cool lookin silver roof.
Optional: You kin put da tape the udder way on roof. Start on north
side of house and take tape to south side. If roof goes east and
west, you probably need to get a house mover to turn the house or just
write "north" on the west end of the house and "south" on the udder
end before you start da tape. Remember tape from bottom up, not top
down or you got leaks.
Caution: Roof must be dry. Do not use duck tape when its raining or
snowin. Rain an snow means it a day ta git drunk, not work. Also do
not fix roof during hurricanes or tornadoes cuz yo ladder mite fall
down. If you gots holez in roof, dont step on them. Nail an ol board
over them before using duck tape.
Better idea: Git yo ol lady to do the tape while you kill a 12 pack.
Remember: Duck tape will fix anything, except a broken duck.
Red Green and sometimes Blue
There is no way to be sure from here, but I would suggest there is
another possibility. At least some brands use a white colored plastic/paper
cover over the tar strips to keep them from sticking. These should be
removed when installed. They may have missed removing some. See if you can
carefully reach under there and pull that paper off. Leaving them on will
increase the possibility of wind damage.
NOTE: Working on a roof in cold weather has a couple of problems.
First if the weather is freezing, be very careful of ice and snow. Second
the shingles will be brittle with the cold and just walking on them can
These strips are applied to prevent the tar spots on the shingles underneath
while still in the bundle from sticking to the shingle above. They work like
the backing paper on sticky labels but in reverse. Once the shingles are
installed the plastic strips do not align with the tar spots anymore,
allowing the tar spots to adhere to the shingle installed above them.
Removing them does nothing other than cause a lot of work, the instructions
are to correct the miss-information that some people (customers) believe.
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