5 Important Reminders When Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles
Damaged roof shingles are an unfortunate fact for many
homeowners after spring storms roll through their neighborhood.
Damaged shingles require quick attention and repair
to avoid more significant issues, including water damage as soon as
the next heavy rain starts.
5 Tips for Fixing Roof Shingles
Roof shingles can be repaired easily if you remember
five important points:
- Remember that safety always comes first. If the
pitch of your roof is very steep or the repair is more than you can
handle on your own, contact a professional roofing contractor to
take care of the job for you. If you do choose a do-it-yourself
repair, it is always a good idea to team up with a buddy to get the
work done, for the sake of both speed and safety.
- If part of a shingle is missing, you need to replace
all of it. You can do this by prying up the shingle with a flat pry
bar, gently lifting the shingle until the nails pop up enough to
pull them out. There should be two rows of nails to loosen before
you can pull the shingle out. Replace the shingle with a fresh one,
taking care to place it exactly where the damaged shingle was. Nail
it down firmly.
- Cracked shingles can be repaired with a bit of
roofing sealant. Apply the roofing sealant to the underside of the
crack, press the shingle down firmly, and add more sealant to the
top. Flatten the sealant by spreading it gently with a putty
- If you want to hide the areas where you have used
sealant, look to your rain gutters. Many shingles shed small
granules that wind up lining the gutters of your roof. Collect
those granules and sprinkle them on the area where you applied the
sealant. Tap them in gently with the putty knife.
- If the damage to your shingles is severe, call in a
contractor to inspect the roof for additional damage you might
not be able to see with a basic visual inspection. If a storm was
strong enough to yank shingles from your roof, it might have been
strong enough to cause damage below the remaining shingles, in
places you can't see.
If you can't repair your roof immediately, place a protective
tarp over the area to prevent any further damage from moisture. The
roof of your home is what protects your house and everything in it,
so the importance of quick repairs cannot be underestimated!
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