Roof Shingle Repair
Shingles are the outermost part of your roof. They’ll be the first to suffer in inclement weather (which is often the case in Plano, TX). This is why you should keep your shingles well-maintained. If one is loosened, cracked, or worn down, call for a Plano roof shingle repair expert.
Roofing contractors will be able to repair damaged shingles quite easily. You might even be able to complete a roof shingle repair on your own. Here’s what you’ll need and how complete the repair with asphalt shingle roofs:
- Work gloves
- Flat pry bar
- Shingle nails
- Replacement Shingles (must be same size and type)
None of these materials should be hard to find. A visit to your local home improvement store will be enough to help you get what you need. When you’re there, consult an employee about the specific roofing nails needed for an asphalt roof. You might have go to your roofing contractor to get the exact shingles for the replacement.
Once you have the necessary materials, do the following…
Make sure to climb onto your roof safely. Use a stable ladder, gloves, shoes with proper grip, and remember to bring the necessary tools with you. Identify the damaged shingle(s). You should only do this if you’re able to sit and stand on your roof safely. If you don’t feel safe, call a roofing expert for help.
Shingles are secured by eight nails and a roof cement seal. Therefore, the goal is to remove the nails and seal without damaging any of the surrounding shingles. Since shingles overlap, damage to more than one shingle is possible during the roof shingle repair process.
Place the pry bar under the shingle edge. Push down to force the shingle upward. If the edge comes up, you’ve successfully broken the seal.
***It’s best to do this during moderate weather. If it’s too hot outside, the seal can be too stubborn and make a mess as you try to life the shingle. If it’s too cold outside, the shingle will become more fragile and could break if too much pressure is forced on them.
You’ll find one row of nails in the center of the shingle and the other four nails at the bottom edge of the shingle above the one you’re working on. The latter four have been nailed down through both shingles. Rather than pulling at them with the hammer claws, you’ll want to push the nails up from the bottom (from the pointed end). You can use the pry bar to do this.
Be gentle so the undamaged shingle doesn’t break or have any asphalt granules removed from it. Clawing near the nail heads risks damaging the undamaged shingle.
Once the seal is broken and the nails are out of the way, proceed to remove the damaged shingle and replace it with the new one.
Nail down the new shingle. Do so about a half inch away from the previous nail holes in order to create new, more sturdy ones. As long as you have the right nails, they should hammer through the asphalt material relatively easily.
Lastly, re-apply the asphalt cement seal. That’s another item to add to your shopping list if you don’t have some already. You can use the seal sparingly, since it won’t take much more than just a few drops to keep the new shingle into place.
Voila! Your damaged shingle has been removed and a brand-new one is in its place!
If you are not sure whether or not you have shingle damage, here’s how you can figure it out
On a sunny day, climb up to your roof. Find a shingle that’s in direct sunlight. Try to bend one of the corners of the shingle. If that corner breaks off instead of flexing, it’s probably time for a roof shingle repair.
You can also look for discolored shingles. Most times, you’ll be able to tell which ones are more worn down than others. A simple time estimation can also hint at the condition of your roof. If it’s been in place for over 20 years, you should probably schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company.
Sometimes you can detect shingle damage without even climbing onto your roof. Hail impacts can wear away the asphalt granules. When they’re detached, they’ll roll down the roof slant and into the gutters. If rain floods the granules out though the gutters, then you might find them at the base of your gutters.
These are all ways to detect shingle problems. Of course, some are more easy to determine, such as a curled shingle or a discolored shingle in which the plywood has been exposed.
Summit Roof Service
If you want a professional to come thoroughly inspect your roof, give Summit Roof a call! We’ll have the damaged up shingles repaired in no time. We’ll also inspect the rest of your roof to determine if anything else is needed. Repairing a shingle on your own saves some money, but it’s important to have a roofing expert inspect your roof in its entirety.
To learn more about our company, please visit summitroof.com.
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