If you are going to have your roofing shingles replaced in the near future, you might want to think about the various things you can do with the old ones. Instead of having the roofing contractor haul all of them away, you might want to keep some of them for some of the following projects:
Art Projects For The Kids
You and the kids can take some of the shingles that still have a lot of solid structure to them and cut them up into various shapes. You can then paint the individual shapes a variety of colors and then add a protective coat of clear paint. One thing that you and the kids can then do with the painted shapes is to create a mosaic picture that can be framed and hung in the house or given as gifts.
Extra Protection For The Dog House Roof
If you have a dog house outside, you might want to consider adding some of the old roofing shingles from your house to the roof of the doghouse. Even though they might no longer be in the best shape for your home, they should do just fine for the dog house. Also, you can take your time to pick through the pile of old roofing shingles to find the ones that are in the best looking condition.
Stair Grips For Your Basement Stairs
Collect as many old roofing shingles as you have steps going down into your basement. Nail or glue one on the center of each step, right where your feet would land as you go down them. This will give you the extra tread you need in order to lessen your odds of slipping and falling down the stairs. This is especially important for those who find themselves carrying large loads of laundry down the stairs, as you can easily slip and fall without good traction.
A Doormat For Your Home
If you feel like getting really creative, you can glue a few old roofing shingles together and use them as a doormat in front of your front or back door. The rough texture of the roofing tiles will help clear off any debris that is on your shoes before you enter the home.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of things that you can do with some of the old shingles that will be removed by the roofer. Contact a roof repair company for more information and assistance.