New House, Inspection Indicates Roof Repairs


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Old 10-05-14, 02:38 PM
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New House, Inspection Indicates Roof Repairs

Good Afternoon DIYers,

My girlfriend and I bought our first house in April, and in the interest of due diligence we had the house inspected prior to purchase. During the inspection there were, of course, several things that were noted as needing attention. Among those items was a recommendation to replace some ridge shingles on the roof gable. From the report:

"overall condition good, some ridge shingles loose
/ missing."

Call me frugal, call me broke, but I'm a pretty handy guy and am confident that I can make the repairs myself without having to hire a roofer. A few days ago I acquired a 14' ladder for $15 on Craigslist and I also have a pretty good collection of tools. What I don't have is the experience/knowledge of roof work. With winter in Colorado coming at any moment, and my recent acquisition of a ladder I'd like to get this completed in the next week or two.

I'm hoping that someone out there on the forum can give me some tips, tricks, and advice on completing this repair based on the inspection photos below.

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Go Broncos!!

Cheers,
Jake
 
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Old 10-05-14, 03:48 PM
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You pretty much just need to find the right color hip and ridge shingles and nail them on using pairs of 2" roofing nails. You will be able to see where the existing ones are nailed, right at the tar line or just behind. Measure how much the old ones were lapped and try and give them the exact same exposure. If you wanted to figure exactly what the exposure is, so that you don't come up short... measure the distance between shingles to figure out how many you need and what the average ridge cap exposure should be. (usually around 5 5/8" on metric shingles). When you get to the last shingle you will have to face nail it (on top of the shingle) and then you can put some clear caulk over the nail heads.

I had a cousin who was a roofer and he liked to get shingle grit out of the gutter and sprinkle it over the wet caulk. He was kind of anal. But his roofs were straight! LOL

You might be able to remove a shingle and find a brand name on the back side. If its not printed on a hip & ridge cap shingle them maybe try and lift up one of the roof shingles. Not all mfg's identify their shingles with a brand name but some do. (Tamko & Certainteed do... probably others as well.)
 
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Old 10-05-14, 04:09 PM
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Hey XSleeper,

Thanks for that info. I was just looking at Home Depot's website and it looks like I can only buy shingles by the bundle. At $45/bundles w/ 72 pieces/bundle that is going to be way more than I need. A quick look at craigslist didn't yield any results either. I'm wondering if you know somewhere I can either buy a smaller bundle, or even by the piece.

Thanks,
Jake
 
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Old 10-05-14, 04:17 PM
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Nope, that's just the way it is. When you buy shingles you pretty much have to buy a whole bundle. Home Depot used to have a few basic colors that they would sell by the piece but I think those days are gone.

Be sure you buy the "hip and ridge" bundles, not the regular shingles that are on the rest of your roof. The color will be the same but the style of shingle is different.

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Old 10-05-14, 06:47 PM
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Bet someone cheaped out and used regular 3 tab shingles instead of hip and ridge shingles that's they failed.
Hip and ridge are about twice as thick and expensive.
Your also going to need a flat bar to do this job, also called a wonder bar.
 
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Old 10-06-14, 03:49 AM
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Check at a local lumber yard, too. We have one in our town, and we can buy busted bundles as pieces, for pennies. They just stack all their broken ones to the side. You have to cull through them, but it is worth it. I agree with Joe, in that they appear to have just used regular run shingles for the ridge. It's ok, but you have to cut them just like the ones up there to make them look good. Your weather is getting right for the shingles to be crisp and should pull up so you can weave them in, just be careful not to snap any of them.

Ahh, looking forward to a nice Denver weekend coming up!! Cooler weather always rejuvenates me.
 
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Old 10-08-14, 11:43 AM
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Awesome! Thanks for the tips everyone. FYI, I went over to the Habitat ReStore and found some shingles, but I realized I'm not really sure what to get since I haven't been on the roof yet (the pictures are from the inspector). I'm going to try to get up there this weekend, remove one, and then take it in with me to compare to the ones at habitat.

Thanks for all the help!
Jake
 
 

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