repair shake roof with composition shingles


hi have a cedar shake roof that is missing a couple of cedar pieces. can i use composition shingles to replace the missing pieces, if i don't care about the look, and if i plan to redo the roof in another 5 years. if yes, what is the best method--can you give some suggestions (ie, slip a composition sheet under existing layers and nail the sheet down)?
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mcharon wrote:

If your shakes are in that bad of a shape, you will likely bust several more getting to it from the topside getting to the bare spot, especially if this is an old-style skip sheath roof. I'd either buy a bundle of shakes and patch with that, or for a quick and dirty temp repair, slide metal flashing under the row above and try to pin it with a couple of caulked screws. (Like you sometimes see up in New England on slate roofs.) Or there is always the Blue Tarp option- many houses down in Louisiana went a couple years that way, replacing the 100 dollars worth of tarp every 8-10 months.
I'd move 'new roof' up on your home repair to-do list. If it fails in a major way, not much else matters.
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Or there is always the Blue Tarp option- many houses down in

And if you don't like Blue Tarps, try Green Tarps from Harbor freight. In fact you might be wise to get some real soon if the Farmers' Almanac about next winter is right.
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