After a thorough inspection, a professional roofer can give you an estimate of how much roofing materials you need for your project. When it comes to roofing, 1 “square” is equivalent to 100 square feet. Contractors usually include around 10% to 15% of extra shingles for certain parts of your roof, such as valleys, hips, chimneys and other protrusions.
Once your project is done, you might be left with at least a bundle of shingles depending on what you agreed on with your contractor. Here’s what you can do with these spare shingles.
Use the Shingles for Other Projects
Thinking about building a gazebo, doghouse or shed? You can use your leftover shingles for these smaller projects. It’s not only cost-effective, but also beneficial to your home’s curb appeal. These features will look even more attractive if their shingles match your house’s roof.
Keep Them for Future Repairs
While modern roofing materials are more durable and longer lasting than ones in the past, they can still develop issues. It could be due to harsh weather conditions or an accident. Either way, it will be great to have some spare shingles you can use for future repairs.
Many times, manufacturers discontinue producing the same line or style of shingles. Having some extra shingles means you won’t have to experience difficulty finding materials that resemble the design or color of your roof. Just be sure to store them properly, in a place where it’s neither too cold nor hot. Extreme temperatures can compromise the quality of shingles and their adhesives. Moreover, if you need repairs, have them done immediately to avoid further damage.
Create a Unique Interior Décor
Roofing shingles are mainly used for home exteriors, but they can also add beauty to your living space. You can use your spare shingles to create a unique accent wall inside your home. They are also great materials for making wall art. You can paint or stain them in different colors to complement the rest of your indoor décor.
Whether you are looking for a dependable roofing or gutter repair company, you can rely on Renaissance Roofing Inc. Give us a call at (541) 791-4886, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We work with clients in Salem, Albany and Eugene, and nearby areas in Oregon.