Recently many shingles have been blowing off the roof of my house.
It appears as though the roofer placed many tiles along the peak of the
roof, just stacking them on with a bit of roofing tar to hold them
No other roof damage is happening and no leaks have occured.
My question is WHY did they just stack these on there without nailing
them down? and why did they put som many on there.
My wife is in a panic because she thinks the roof is falling apart, but
I don't think it is a big deal. I figure I will just go up there in the
spring and stick them back on.
I imagine that the layer closest to the actual peak is nailed on and
therefore the roof would be fine even if all those layers blow off.
Do roofers just put many layers on the top if they have the extra tile?
or is there a real reason why they do that?
You should call your roofer back to put them on properly. Yes, they are
The last course of shingles can be folded over the top, but this still
leaves gaps where water can easily infiltrate. A cap row is put on
last, consisting of a bunch of shingle peices (usually a regular
"triple" shingle cut in three) lapped over each other, running down the
ridge. These should usually be nailed with longer nails than normal
(because the nails have to go through several extra layers). Tar is
nice, but not a substitute for the nails. Your roofer probably used tar
plus too short nails, so they are blowing off. I can't imagine anyone
would be so negligent to not use nails at all.
On some of the shingles there are small nail holes now that you mention
I don't know who the roofer is though.
How much do you think a roofer would charge to come fix this?
Maybe 25 shingles flew off.
I have no idea how much it would cost. But it would take me about an
hour to do myself, all told, and I'm not a roofer by any means.
But you say you are seing nail holes in the shingles that blew off? I
don't have experience with blown-off shingles, but I'd expect to see
the nails still stuck in the singles, actually. So maybe the nails were
long enough and held fine, and the shingles tore due to (a) poor nail
positioning (too close to edge of shingle), (b) higher than expected
winds, (c) damaged shingles (maybe from an attic that is too hot? I've
It is simple enough to nail a new row on, but it might be worth having
someone who knows something take a look to figure out why the old ones
Yeah, there are 2 holes per shingle and they seem like they were laying
one on top of the other.
When our ROOF aentenna blew off last year it must have started them
blowing off like a zipper effect.
I would gladly do it myself, but the roof is too high and I am not sure
if I can even get up there.
I tried getting on the roof a couple months ago and the pitch was way
too steep. I was sliding off.
If I could get on right on the center and scootch across whilst fixing
it that might work. I will have to look at it again tonight.
Basically the roofer my wife talked to said around $500, coincidentally
the same amount that most insurance companies list as the deductible
for roof damage due to high winds.
So basically I am forced to pay some guy $500 just to go on top of the
roof and do what I am afraid to do.
Well, if you put it that way....
But you could also think of it as paying some guy $500 to do something
you don't have the knowledge (tricks on how to make it stay, how long
nails, where to nail, etc.) or equipment (decent shoes, harness or
other devices if it really is that steep, good ladders with proper
supports, etc) to properly do.
I'd do it myself, but that's because my house has a shallow pitch roof,
is not too high, I've done roofing before, and have shingles and proper
nails in the garage all ready.
How much would it have to be before you became brave/stupid enough to
do it yourself? I'm not a doctor, but I'd think that falling off your
roof might cost just a bit more than $500.
Call around there might be someone willing to do it for a better price.
Be aware that you won't be able to inspect something that high up, so
hire somebody you trust. You may want to have some binoculars handy so
you can watch as he does it. Tell him you want to learn.
Pay the money, consider it cheap health insurance.
How much will a visit to the emergency room & time off work cost?
I re-ridged my roof last fall
It's a 2 story 8/12 with cedar shingles.
I re-ridged with pre-nailed medium shake ridge.
I had an experienced helper, the weather was still dry (rainy season
had not started in SoCal. It was a little scary but the roof was dry
& we were able to scramble over it. We work well together. He tossed
me the ridge & I stapled it down. He went to the ground for material so
I was able to "ride the ridge" as I went.
We knocked the job out in about 2 hours. It would have taken all day
by myself, if I had survive the job. (It would have been much less
safe by myself)
I'm still a little confused, asphalt shingle ridge & wooden ridge (to
my experience) do not have holes in them. The asphalt nail down / glue
down & the wooded ones nail (staple) down.
Are not ridge w/ holes not clay tile or concrete tile or concrete
so your antenna is to blame.
"When our ROOF aentenna blew off last year it must have started them
blowing off like a zipper effect. "
-Get cable tv and fix the roof. that will be $500. or if the roof is
old, that will be tearoff and replacement roof.
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