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5 Important Reminders When Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles

5 Important Reminders When Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles

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July 14, 2010

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 knife.
  4. 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.
  5. If the damage to your shingles is severe, call in a professional roofing 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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