2 Options for Damaged Roofing Shingles
If a recent storm has left your roof with damaged shingles, it's important to repair or replace them right away before further damage to your roof and home occurs. If you are handy, this is an easy do-it-yourself task. Here is what you need to know
Assess Your Shingles
If your shingles are damaged you can either remove and replace the damaged shingle or simply repair it. Take a good look at the damage and decide if you feel removal or repair is best. If you have a lot of shingles that are damaged, you should consider if it may be time for a new roof.
Use a crowbar to lift and pry off any damaged shingles. Remove any shingles that are curled, not secured down, torn, or have missing granules. You will need to use the crowbar to remove the existing roofing nails that were holding the shingle in place. Pay special attention to the shingles around the areas of the roof that have flashing, such as the chimney. You want to make sure the shingles are in excellent shape around any openings.
You will slip your replacement shingle under the existing shingle layer on top. In order to slide it firmly under this layer, you will need to use a utility knife to cut notches in the tab of the replacement shingle. This will make room for the existing nails in the layer above.
Line the shingle up under the layer above and mark the nails and then cuts the notches in the tab. Once you have done that, you are ready to slide the new shingle all the way under the existing top shingle and drive your nails in. Repeat these steps for every shingle you need to replace.
If your shingles show signs of damage but it isn't severe, you may choose to simply repair them. You can repair shingles that are curling or torn using a caulking gun and roofing sealant. For curling shingles, apply a bead of caulk under the shingle and press it down. Place a brick on top and leave it for a day as the glue dries.
If the shingle is torn, caulk the underside of the crack, press it down, caulk the top of the crack, and then gather granules from the gutter and press them into the sealant to disguise the crack. Again, place a brick over the top to weight it down.
While replacing and repairing a missing or damaged shingle is easy, climbing up on the roof is not a job for every homeowner. Unless you feel extremely comfortable being up there, call a shingle replacement service to do the job for you. They can also do a maintenance check to make sure there are other problems you might miss.