What You Need to Know About Shingle Roof Repair

Ongoing roof maintenance is critical for protecting the structure of your home and keeping you and your family protected from the elements. By staying on top of simple shingle roof repairs and maintenance, you can prolong the life of your roof and avoid having to pay for expensive replacement earlier than necessary.

If you notice any signs of damage or wear, it’s important to connect with a roofing contractor who can inspect the problem and determine the best course of action. If the roof is already decades old, your best bet may be replacement, but otherwise, if the roof itself is in sound condition and it’s just a few spots that are damaged, roof repair will save you a lot of money and provide you with satisfactory results.

Here are a few common issues that will necessitate some shingle roof repair:

  • Missing shingles: If you have part or all of a shingle that’s missing, you’ll need to replace it. Your roofer should have left you some extra shingles from when the job was first done. But if you don’t have any extras on hand, you’ll need to purchase the closest match you can find. You can attempt to replace some shingles yourself with a hammer, pry bar, utility knife and roofing nails, but it’s strongly recommended you work with a professional instead to ensure the job is done correctly.
  • Curling shingles: If shingles are curling but not falling apart, you may be able to keep those shingles in place by gluing them down. Curling tends to happen in older asphalt shingles that have been exposed to the elements for a long time. Use a caulking gun to add a little bit of roofing sealant under the curling corner, and use a brick or other weight to keep the shingle in place for at least 24 hours until the sealant completely cures.
  • Cracked shingles: Another common type of damage to asphalt roof shingles is cracking. A shingle that’s cracked or torn does not necessarily need to be replaced unless the damage is extensive. You may be able to repair the shingle with some roofing sealant. Add a bead of sealant under the crack, press down on the shingle and then add another bead on top of the crack, which you can then spread out with a putty knife. If you can find any granules that have washed off into the gutter, you can gather them up and sprinkle them on top of the wet sealant to camouflage the repair job. No one will ever notice from down on the ground.

These are just a few examples of some of the situations in which you may need to make some shingle roof repairs and the best way to get the job done.

If you are at all uncomfortable with getting on top of your roof or simply want to ensure the job is done correctly and to high standards of quality, you should reach out to a professional. Contact Greg’s Roofing of Bay County, Inc. today to schedule an appointment.

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