Virtually every roofing job leaves a handful of leftover shingles afterward. Your roofing contractor will assess what volume of shingles your job needs, and then buy them by the bundle. While you or the roofer can return extra bundles to lower the cost of the job, you'll almost certainly end up with an open bundle that contains a few individual shingles. You might be ready to discard then once the roofer leaves, but it's a smart idea to keep them instead. Here are some reasons that you shouldn't throw out the remaining shingles from a roofing job.
They May Come In Handy for a Repair
You don't want to think about your new roof requiring repairs anytime soon, but there's always a risk of damage. For example, if a serious wind storm were to lift a few of the shingles off and damage them, you'd need to hire your roofer to repair this damage promptly. Having some spare shingles stored in your garage will make the repair work quicker and more affordable. Your roofer won't need to shop for shingles that will match the look of your roof — he or she will simply be able to take the shingles that you've stored and use them.
You May Want Them for a Small Project
A small pile of extra roofing shingles could come in handy for a small project around your yard. For example, if you were to build a doghouse or a rabbit hutch for your pets, you might want to put a waterproof roof on it. While there are a variety of products you could use, your leftover shingles would be an option. Not only would they perform the job that you're looking for, but they'd also match the roof of your house — which can be a fun visual touch.
They Don't Take Up Much Space
A major reason to keep your roofing shingles is that you don't know how they might come in handy at some point in the future. While you might not always want to take this approach with other building supplies, a major advantage of roofing shingles is that they don't take up much space. Even a stack of half a dozen three-tab shingles requires minimal storage. You can place the shingles in a number of different areas in your garage, shed, or basement, and be confident that they won't add much clutter to wherever you store them.