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How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Roof?: Most homeowners think about replacing their roof after they experience a leak in their ceiling. However, sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its life without experiencing a failure. When determining if you need roof replacement there are plenty of signs, besides leaks, that can help you make this decision. Potential signs that […]

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Will homeowners’ insurance replace my roof?: A homeowners’ insurance policy is one of those things: It’s important to have one, but you sure hope you never have to use it. You pay the premiums, renew the policy, pay the premiums, and renew the policy again. Years pass, one after the other, and you’ve never had to file a claim — until […]

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What is a Green Roof?: A green roof is a roof that is either partially or completely covered by vegetation and a growing medium planted over a waterproof membrane. A green roof might include a root barrier as well as drainage and irrigation systems. A rooftop pond that is used to treat grey water might also be considered a green […]

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Vinyl or Wood Siding: Which Is Right for Your Northern VA Home?: Since vinyl siding became an option in the late 1950s, this has been a question in the minds of homeowners. Older folks probably remember the early vinyls as being brittle, ugly, and not very durable in either the sun or the wind. But you have to remember that the plastics industry was in its infancy […]

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Protect Your Roof From Strong Winds and Hail This Summer: Can your roof handle hurricane force winds? With bright, sunny skies and warmer temperatures comes the risk of nasty storms and hurricane force winds. These deadly storms can ruin even the most promising summer vacation plans and in northern VA, we see our fair share of action. Damaged homes, destroyed cars from fallen trees, and torrential […]

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INSULATE YOUR ATTIC TO PROTECT YOUR ROOF: The winter months may be behind us, but now is the perfect time to take care of your roof and attic. Did your heating bills fly through the roof? Find your home a bit drafty? Do the summer months leave you sweaty despite high electric bills? The problem may not be your roof, but your […]

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Don’t Hire Just Any Northern VA Roofing Contractor. Hire the Best.: You may have heard, but you may not have heard… Police in Tennessee are still searching for a man accused of scamming an elderly woman out of $1200 — how? Reports indicate that the man contacted this woman, posing as an employee of a local roofing company; accepted, and cashed her check; and then disappeared […]

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Winter Storm Jonas sure was something. The kids have had a great time sledding and building snowmen, and everyone’s enjoyed not having to go, well, anywhere for the last several days, but there’s a bit of cabin fever setting in. You’re looking for any, and everything you can do to keep yourself busy until you can get out of the house and back to some sense of a normal routine.

For now, at this minute, that means purging the garage. You’re making piles, and more piles; you’re making plans to donate this, and toss that out. It’s all going relatively well… until you find the leftover shingles from when Style Roofing replaced your roof last year.

Should you keep them? Should you kick them to the curb with the rest of the rubbish? If you do keep them, what are they good for?

Well, in short:

Yes, keep them. No, don’t throw them out.

And when wondering what leftover shingles are done for, consider this:

You can walk a little safer in the wintertime.

Forget salt that could damage your concrete (not to mention your favorite boots); the best way to protect your family and anyone who visits from falls as they travel your icy walkway in the wintertime is with a row of asphalt roofing shingles. The rough surface of the shingles will give traction and eliminate the risk of dangerous slips and skids.

You can get creative.

Natural slate or wooden shingles make a great medium for your next art project. Depending on how many you have on hand, create a striking accent wall, a stylish mural, or use them as your canvas for oil paint. (A note though, if you’re going to paint on wooden shingles: Coat both sides with matte acrylic to preserve their natural color and prevent warping.)

You can prep the ground for your springtime hardscaping project.

The best way you know to get through winter is to begin planning your spring projects, and top priority this year is the construction of a new stone patio. Keep those leftover asphalt shingles and ask your hardscape designer to set them first; doing so will keep stones or pavers from shifting out of place, and will keep the weeds out too.

You can even cook your dinner.

Now that’s a kitchen gadget with a story behind it. Of course, these shingles need to be of the cedar variety (and not chemically treated in any way). Unsure? Ask your northern VA roofer to verify the safety of your shingles for kitchen use. Check for splinters; sand lightly; wet, and then use as a base for planked salmon, other fish, or vegetables on your grill. YUM.

In a word: Repairs.

There’s winter weather, and then there’s two-and-a-half feet of snow on the ground… and on your roof. Even the sturdiest of roofs are at risk for damage when a storm like Jonas ravages its way through northern Virginia; when and if that happens again, you’ll be glad you kept a few of those extra shingles to patch the weak spots left behind.

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Shingles: They’re Great for More Than Just Roofing: Winter Storm Jonas sure was something. The kids have had a great time sledding and building snowmen, and everyone’s enjoyed not having to go, well, anywhere for the last several days, but there’s a bit of cabin fever setting in. You’re looking for any, and everything you can do to keep yourself busy until you […]

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Reclaim Your Home After the Holiday: Organization Tips: Christmas was great and fun and all, but now it’s time to reclaim your house from the hubbub of the holiday. You’re so ready to have your house back, ugh, it’s such a hassle. To unstring the lights you just strung, to un-tack the stockings…
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