Have Damaged Asphalt Shingles? Know How To Repair Them On Your Own

Have you noticed that there are asphalt shingles on your home that are broken and need to be replaced? Thankfully, asphalt shingles are easy to repair. Here are some tips that will help you do it.

Remove The Glue Bond

The best way to remove the glue bond from the shingle is to use a flat bar. This is a curved metal bar that is designed for getting underneath shingles so that they are loose. Simply run the flat bar underneath the damaged shingles to break the seal that has formed with the glue beneath it. If your shingles are badly broken, it may be possible to just pull them off the roof with your hands. Just makes sure that you are not damaging surrounding shingles in the process. 

The key to removing an old shingle is to realize that it is attached to the row of shingles above and below it. Work the flat bar around all sides of the shingles until it becomes loose.

Remove The Nails

You can also use the flat bar to reach underneath the shingles to remove all of the nails that are holding down the damaged shingle. If you can't see the nail, look at the placement of the nails on the shingle below it. Hopefully, the installer did a great job, and all the nails are aligned in the same way. Once the shingles are removed, you should be able to pull the old shingle out from your roof. 

Install The New Shingles

The new replacement shingle should slide right into the roof where the old shingle once was. You can then nail the shingle down by placing nails in roughly the same places as they were in the old shingle.

The top shingle needs new nails driven into it as well to secure the old shingle in place. Just place the nail to the side of the old hole so that the nail sticks into the roof well.

Apply Roofing Cement

The new shingle will have a glue strip that will heat up under the sun and adhere to the shingle beneath it. However, you will need to use a sealant underneath the old shingle located above the new shingles. This sealant can be applied with a caulking gun and should be a continuous bead of sealant across the entire shingle. 

For more information on roofing repair, contact a company like That Good Ole Handyman.