Any shingle that has 3 tabs, or measures out to 3 feet, is generally referred to as, you guessed it, 3-tab roofing shingles. The lifespan of 3-tab roofing shingles is around 20 years and produces a smooth and specific appearance. Although different manufacturers offer various warranties, 3-tab shingles commonly have 20-30 year limited service warranties, although 30-year warranties are fairly uncommon. 3-tab shingles come in many color shades and are a cost-effective option for anyone planning to build a new house or replace their existing roofing shingles.
- Are 3-Tab Roofing Shingles a Good Fit for Me?
Before prematurely selecting or purchasing 3-tab roofing shingles, first, should you have a home owner’s association, consult those in charge of the Architectural Review Board (ARB), just to get approval for your future roofing project. After all, the style of your and your neighbors’ roofing shingles may not be conducive to the desired appearance of the neighborhood, not to mention your HOA’s rules and regulations. Further, normal weather conditions may play a large factor in deciding which roofing shingles are considered by an HOA Board.
- 3-Tab Roofing Shingles Replacement
Replacing 3-tab roof covering shingles can be done by either you or a professional. If you’re someone with limited tools skills or are afraid of heights, hiring a professional roofer is probably a prudent choice. But if you decide to tackle the roofing job yourself, select a day that’s not incredibly hot nor wet. Working on a roof in suboptimal conditions could easily land you in the hospital. Plan safe to stay safe!
After you’ve climbed atop the roof and are properly situated, carefully lift the tabs of the good shingles to expose the damaged ones. This process may require loosening up the tabs and wrestling with dried roofing adhesive. Ensure that you don’t damage the good, nearby roofing shingles. If you pry too far upwards on the good shingles, you may damage those shingles you probably don’t want to replace. However, for the specific shingle that you’re trying to replace, locate the nails that are fastening it, and be sure to carefully remove them. Once the shingle has been removed, clear the location of any adhesive and miscellaneous debris prior to nailing down the new shingle, so as to create flush and flat contact with the wood and the new shingle. Finally, find the glue strips at the bottom of the shingle, slide the new shingle into its proper spot, and drive in your nails. Using job-specific adhesive to secure overlaying shingles is also recommended.
- Consulting and Hiring a Professional
If you’re not interested in tackling your roofing project yourself, hiring a licensed professional is another option. Be sure to request pictures and other confirming evidence that the professional you might hire can and will do a professional job. Bogus, fly-by-night roofers roam around in every city and every state, just waiting to take your money and violate your trust. Further, taking such scammers to court is often fruitless because (1) you probably won’t be able to locate them, and (2) you’ll never recoup your money anyway. Such unfortunate situations occur all the time in the roofing industry, so be on the lookout for these professional imposters.
- Shingle Disposal and Waste Management Concerns
Shingles are often made of asphalt, and asphalt is often reclaimed and reused in a variety of ways, from resurfacing driveways to constructing large embankments. Thus, recycling shingles has become a hot commodity. Although not all cities have nearby recycling facilities that recycle old asphalt goods, many cities do have private companies which are equipped to do the job. All Things Waste is a valuable source of information for you since we know which dumpster companies provide service for your shingle recycling, which, in the long run, will help determine whether you’re paying for service and landfill costs or just your roll-off container rental. If you want to save money, we’re probably your best bet. So, be diligent about who you select for your dumpster needs, as saving money is always better than spending it unwisely.