Repairing Or Replacing Your Roof's Shingles

If you have a roof that has a loose, missing, or cracked shingle, it's imperative it gets repaired as soon as possible. Any area of your roof that becomes exposed to the elements can cause serious leaking problems and will only make the problem worse over time. Here are the steps you should take to make the necessary repairs quickly.

Replacing Shingles

If you have any shingles leftover from your new roof, you can use one of those to replace a damaged shingle. If not, you will have to buy a bundle, which you can purchase at your local hardware retailer. Just be sure the bundle of shingles you buy matches your current roof color. You will need a ladder to get up to the roof, a hammer, a pry bar, a utility knife, and roofing nails.

First, use the pry bar to remove the nails underneath the shingle you need to remove. Then gently pull the shingle up and off of the underlay material and it should easily be removed. Make sure you completely remove all loose nails before putting down the replacement shingle. Once you've completely removed the damaged shingle and all nails, you can add a new one by carefully placing it onto the exposed surface and then hammering it into place using the roofing nails. Make sure you hammer the nails all the way into the plywood so is is attached securely. 

Repairing Shingles

Some shingles can end up with curling edges over time, while others can become cracked due to temperature changes or falling debris. To fix shingles with curled edges, use a caulk gun and apply roofing sealant under the edges that have curled up. This sealant is specially made to hold shingles in place and keep them down.

After you've applied the sealant, lay a heavy item such as a brick or cinder block over the shingle and let it sit overnight. This will allow the sealant to cure while the shingle is held into place. For cracked shingles, apply a thick bead of roofing sealant directly under the crack and press the shingle down. Apply another bead of sealant over the crack and spread it out using a putty knife until it looks smooth and even.

If you are worried about how the repair looks, you can use some extra granules that have come loose from other shingles and fallen down into the gutters. Simply scoop some up and use them to apply directly to the wet sealant for an even look.

If you need professional assistance, call contractors like HomeTowne Roofing for quotes.