Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles

There are many things that can damage roof shingles, including inclement weather and falling debris. Shingles are important, as they help prevent leaks and extreme sunlight exposure. That’s why it’s best to repair or replace any damaged shingles as soon as possible.

While it’s possible to fix damaged roof shingles on your own, it’s always best to work with an experienced roofing professional.

Read the guide below if you’re confident in your own abilities.

Cracked shingles

Cracked shingles are relatively common, though they could result in major damage to your roof. You don’t always need to completely replace a cracked shingle; instead, repair it with sealant and a putty knife.

Simply apply a top-quality roofing sealant underneath the crack before pressing down and applying another bead of sealant on top. Use the putty knife to spread the sealant, and then let it sit. The crack may sometimes still be visible after a repair; however, you can hide the repair by covering the crack with granules that have washed away from other shingles.

Curled shingles

Another common problem with shingles (especially older ones) is curling. Curling can happen on any corner of the shingle and is usually easy to fix. You simply need to glue down the curl with a top-quality sealant.

Apply the sealant underneath the curl, and then press. Put a brick or some other heavier object on top of the curl to weigh it down. Leave this weight on the shingle for around 24 hours before removing it. Hopefully, this will help you get a few more months or even years out of that shingle.

Roof shingle replacements

This is a little more complicated than repairing a curled or cracked shingle. You need to replace shingles with missing pieces, as there’s no way to repair them. The tools you’ll need to replace a shingle include a flat pry bar, a hammer, a utility knife and nails.

Find the right replacement shingle at your local hardware store. Take a picture of your roof to ensure you pick a shingle that matches. Once you have the shingles, carefully climb onto your roof with tools in tow. Be sure to have someone with you to hold the ladder.

Remove the first row of nails in the broken shingle with the pry bar. Then slide the pry bar underneath the shingle and lift. Remove the rest of the nails, and pull the damaged shingle free. Keep in mind: The damaged shingle will also feature nails meant to secure the shingle above it, so you’ll need to remove those as well. Keep track of where the nails were located, as you’ll want to nail the new shingle in the same position.

Slide your new shingle in the right position, and then nail it down. Apply a top-quality sealant to the shingle and any adjacent shingles. And that’s it!

Contact a professional

As mentioned above, it’s always best to work with a roofing professional. A roofing professional can quickly and easily replace or repair a damaged shingle, saving you time and energy. Contact Greg’s Roofing of Bay County, Inc. today for all your roofing repair needs.

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