what you need to know about replacing your roof

what you need to know about replacing your roof

Make Your Ladder Safer Using Old Shingles

by Vanessa Lord

Under normal circumstances, having a new roof installed means a big mess around the perimeter of your home. If you're going through this process, you may notice a dumpster full of old shingles and some may even be on the ground. Workers haul these shingles to the recycling center or the landfill. But you can recycle some of them yourself by using them to add traction to the rungs of your ladder. In doing so, you'll make the ladder safer to climb because of the roughness of the shingles. All you need are a few supplies, a couple of hours and this guide to complete this project.

Step 1: Collect the Needed Supplies

Ask the roofing contractor if you can rummage through the old shingles and pick up the biggest pieces you can find. You'll cut them down later, so don't worry if they are too big. Then grab these supplies:

  • a utility knife
  • a tape measure
  • construction glue
  • a pen
  • a piece of cardboard
  • a pair of scissors
  • ruler

Step 2: Measure the Rungs on the Ladder

Obtain the length and width of the rungs on the ladder. Transfer these measurements to the cardboard by placing the ruler on it and drawing lines the same width and length of the rungs. Cut the cardboard on the lines to create a template.

Step 3: Cut the Shingles

Place the cardboard on a shingle and cut around the cardboard with the utility knife. Repeat this step until you have enough cut shingles to cover every rung on the ladder.

Step 4: Attach the Shingles to the Rungs

Set up the ladder against the wall and make sure it is secure. Grab the shingles and construction glue and climb the ladder. Apply construction glue to the back of one shingle. Be sure there is an ample amount of glue, by applying in a curvy or "S" design.

Place the shingle on the top rung, glue side down. Work your way down the ladder as you glue each shingle in place. It is important to start at the top of the ladder so that once the shingles are in place, the glue can dry without your shoes disturbing them.  

Expect to spend a couple of hours completing this project. Give the construction glue a couple hours to dry. This trick works on metal or wooden ladders. However, if yours is wood, you can add a few roofing nails to the shingles and the rungs to provide greater stability. Ask your roofing contractor like one from Accurate Home Improvement for other ideas to make good use of old shingles around your home. 


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