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Best Way to Cut Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt roofs have been around for a long time, and even today they’re still very popular. This reality means a lot of homeowners out there need to know the basics of asphalt roof maintenance to ensure their roofs stay in good condition for many years.

And during the course of maintaining your asphalt roof, you may find yourself needing to cut out replacement shingles.

But what is the best way to cut asphalt shingles?

This is the question we answer throughout the sections below. Read on to learn all about three tools you can use to quickly and effectively cut through asphalt shingles. And if you  have any doubts, our team of roofers in Greensboro all always happy to help.

Best Tools for Cutting Asphalt Shingles

Utility Knife

If you only have to cut a few shingles, and you don’t want to break out the circular saw, you can use a standard utility knife. Just make sure it has a razor-sharp edge or else your cuts won’t be all that precise.

And if you don’t want to go through multiple blades, you can equip your utility knife with a hook blade to speed up the cutting process. But these blades can reduce cutting quality, so you need to weigh both options carefully before deciding on which kind of blade to use.

Circular Saw

One of the best things about circular saws is they can cut through a pretty sizable stack of shingles. So using one of these tools, you can ensure all your shingles are the same length.

Plus, the circular saw will come in handy when you need to make smaller shingles for the roof’s edge.

But if you are using one of these saws, make sure it has a sharp blade, like one that can cut through old nails and similar dense materials. If the blade isn’t sharp, it’ll wear down quickly, and then it won’t be able to ensure equal lengths all the way through the stack.

Also, if the saw blade gets hot while you’re cutting through shingles, give it a rest before getting back to cutting. Excessive heat can melt the tar on the shingles and render them ineffective.

Note: It’s best to use chalk to identify the cutting line.

Tip Snips

Tips snips are usually used to cut through metal, but since they’re sharp and powerful they can cut through shingles too.

Especially if you need to cut shingles so they fit around vent pipes or other roof fixtures, reach for the tip snips. These are easy to control and they won’t leave jagged edges.

With these, you can cut through shingles like they’re paper, and since tip snips are durable you don’t have to worry about them dulling quickly.

Want Pros To Handle Your Asphalt Shingle Cutting? Contact Davis Roofing Company

Don’t want to handle asphalt shingle cutting on your own? No problem! The professional roofers at Davis Roofing Company will take care of this for you.

For more than 40 years, we’ve been installing, repairing, maintaining, replacing, and inspecting all kinds of asphalt roofs, and we’re proud to be a leading team of local roofers.

Call (336) 431-6485 or visit us online now to get a quote!

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