Before a roofing project begins, home roofing contractors will first measure your roof to determine how much material will be needed. Roofers will often make an allowance, usually an extra 10% to 15%, to account for mistakes, waste and those hard-to-measure portions of your roof, such as the valleys and chimneys.
Bearing this in mind, you might find yourself with a bunch of extra shingles once your roofing project has been completed. What do you do with these leftover roofing materials? Here are five things you can do with your roof shingles surplus.
1. Use It for Repairs
Even new roofs can become damaged. Shingles can be blown off the roof when the wind gets too strong. When this happens, you’ll be glad that your extra roofing shingles didn’t end up in a landfill. Moreover, you won’t end up with shingles that are a different make and color from your current roof. Just make sure to install the shingles under optimal conditions so they adhere properly.
2. Turn It Into Wall Art
Something as sensible as a roofing shingle can be transformed into art. You can make an accent wall out of the roof shingles depending on how much material you have left from your residential roof installation.
3. Safety Measures
Asphalt shingles can be added to your walkway so you have a rough surface to step on come winter. The texture of the shingles provides extra traction, lessening the risks of slipping and falling.
4. Focus on a Small Project
You can use the remaining shingles as a roofing cover for the dog house. You can also use the leftover roofing materials for other small-scale projects, such as a birdhouse.
5. Shingles as Canvas
Wooden shingles are ideal for this activity. Remember to prime both sides of the shingles with matte acrylic before you start painting.
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