Shingle Roof Repair

Basic shingle roof repair is something that can be done without the aid of a professional roofer or contractor. Simply follow these guidelines when making small repairs:


Replacing ripped shingles:

If your shingle roof repair involves replacing ripped shingles, simply lift up the section of shingles over the ripped shingle. Break the seal between the shingle you are replacing and the one above it, while taking care not to also tear the shingle above. Then, simply reach in with a pry bar and extract nails from the shingle section you are replacing.

Once you have removed the nails, slide the 3-foot section out and slide in the new section in its place. Spread roofing tar across the top of the end that goes underneath the top shingle section. Centre the section and secure it in place with some new roofing nails. Make sure the nails are not visible when the top shingle section is laid back down. Then put more roofing tar underneath the bottom edge of the top shingle section and press down.

Securing loose shingles:

If you have a loose shingle, there’s no need to break out the roofing nails. For this shingle roof repair, simply lift the tab of the loose shingle and apply roofing tar with a putty knife to the underside of the shingle. Then press down with a brick and leave in place for 24 hours to seal the shingle again.

This process also works on other shingle roof repair projects like fixing shingles that are curled upward or downward on the corners. You simply glue it in place with tar or some other variety of roof sealant and weigh it down with a brick.

Making repairs:

The best time to do shingle roof repair work is when the outside temperature is from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If the weather is too cold, the shingles will be too brittle and if temperatures are too warm the shingles could tear if you walk on them.