Repairing Damaged Shingles

How To Properly Repair Damaged Shingles

the right way to install roof shinglesDamaged shingles don’t always call for an entire roof replacement. More often than not, a problem in a single or multiple shingles can be cleared with the help of a professional roofer conducting the right repairs. If, however, your roof is decades old or has suffered from a traumatic weather injury, you might need to consider replacing the entire thing. In this post, we’ll look into some of the simple repairs you can even do yourself if you’ve got the tools and knowledge. These repairs involve mild damages to your shingles and a sound overall roof quality.

Replacing a single shingle

If you notice just one of your shingles cracked, missing or damaged with the adjacent shingles working well, you probably just need to swap that one broken shingle with a new one. Be economical and try to find a shingle you might have lying in your attic or garage from your previous roofing project.

All you need to do to swap a single shingle is to place a pry bar underneath the broken shingle. Push onto the bar to pull the shingle out of its nail. Slide in a fresh piece and make sure it fits and aligns perfectly with the rest of the roof. Nail down the shingle in two rows of 4 galvanized nails on each side.

Repairing curled corners

With time, shingles tend to curl from the corner and this can reduce their overall efficacy. In order to repair these curled shingle corner, start with applying some roofing sealant with a caulking gun on the underside of the curled corner. Push down the curl with a heavy weight such as a brick and leave it there for about 24 hours. After a day, you’ll notice that your shingle is straight again.

Fixing Cracks in Shingles

Cracked shingles are commonly seen in roofs in post storm damage. If your overall roof is in a good shape and it’s relatively new, all you need to do is repair the crack instead of replacing it. Use a sealant to fill in all the cracks and crevices in the shingle so that no water seeps or leaks through. Spread the sealant out on the shingles for a more even look with a putty knife.

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