Repairing shingles on a roof is not a very simple job. There are a lot of factors to consider, including safety and roof setup.
So, before you embark on this journey, ensure you are well prepared. Never work on the roof during severe weather conditions.
With that in mind, we have explained how to fix shingle roof damage.
The first and most important step is to gather all your tools. For this task, you will need:
- Safety equipment
- A flat pry bar
- A roofing sealant
- A caulking gun
- New shingles
- A utility knife
We have divided this guide into two parts, removing the damaged shingles and fixing the new materials.
1. Remove the Damaged Shingles
So, the first and most important step is removing the damaged or loose shingles. Always take proper safety precautions at every step of the project. Have the ladder in place, wear a helmet, and have other gear properly set in place.
Here are some of the things to do during this stage:
As stated earlier, repairing shingles is not an easy job. Accessing the roof safely and following other safety precautions is crucial.
Use a secure ladder at all times. And when walking on the roof, go slow and ensure every step is safe before taking it.
If you are replacing a few missing shingles, you may need jacks and harnesses. But if some areas have a loose roof sealant causing the material to slide, this could be the safest way to follow.
identify the damage
The next step is to assess the damaged shingle. This is the same area where you will install the new shingles. You need to check it carefully.
Asses the areas around the old shingles and check how much of the area is damaged. Touch the shingle directly to test for any signs of seepage.
You can use a putty knife to slowly lift the adhesive strips and look deeper. If the surrounding shingles have clear signs of moisture trapping, you will have to expand your repairs further.
Consider the Weather
An old shingle roof can be quite hazardous, and working under bad weather conditions can increase the risk of injuries. We recommend working in cool weather to keep you safe and avoid further damage.
We have the shingles in the roof area you wish to work on before removing them. This helps them tighten and firm up, which is crucial if you are working in the heat.
Loosen the Adhesive
Carefully lift and loosen the adhesive under the tabs on the first and second rows for the shingles above the damaged area. You may need a large hayfork before you begin removing all the shingles.
You need to remove at least five tabs in the second row above the damaged ones. This is the best approach when you are working on 3-tab shingles.
Keenly pull up the necessary shingles until you can see the nails. Ensure the end seams are lined up nearly a foot off one side of the affected shingles.
Loosen the Nails
You must now see the exposed nails from the first row. Slide the flat pry bar under the damaged shingles can carefully lift each tab around it about 45 to 60 degrees. Be sure to go slowly and then remove each nail carefully.
You can save a lot of money if you keep the shingles in good condition. Otherwise, you will be forced to replace even the good ones that may be damaged during the replacement process.
Keep working on loosening the adhesive and nails around the damaged roof part. Now lift the tab under the first row and remove the loosened nails from the shingle. Use a pry bar carefully, touching the corners, too, to avoid breaking the materials.
Remove the Damaged Shingles
You should be able to access the damaged one for repairs easily now. Loosen the adhesive under this shingle, and then pull it free. Don’t attempt repairing shingles that are severally damaged. Just have them replaced, and you should be good to go.
Remove them until the area is clear. You can slide the pry under the seal to lift and remove every piece of the damaged shingles.
In case there are more nails, you can use the back of your hammer to pull them out. Just be careful when sliding anything under the singles to avoid damaging other parts of the roof.