Roofing Tips

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to replacing or repairing your roof’s shingles – if you do, any damage that already exists will only worsen over time and make future repair jobs a nightmare.
Asphalt shingles are the most common used in roofing today, so this article will focus on repairing this type of roofing material. Deteriorating shingles are usually curled or loose, especially after a strong windstorm. At the points where shingles overlap, flashing may also sustain damage.

  • For loose shingles, lift carefully and then apply plastic roofing cement beneath the shingle to hold it in place.
  • If you find any small cracks, repair them by with roofing cement – trowel it into the cracks and wipe up any smears with a cloth dipped in solvent.
  • Patch torn and split shingles with roofing cement and then secure with roofing nails.
  • Shingles that are damaged beyond repair need to be replaced entirely. All you have to do is slip a flat shovel underneath the shingle above the damaged one to loosen the nails. Pull the nails out and take off the ruined shingle.
  • Cut a new piece of shingle and place in the desired spot, after measuring for a good fit, of course – align with adjacent shingles.
  • The best method is to drive the new nails into the holes left by the old shingle – if this is not possible, simply use roofing cement to seal up the old holes.
  • Coat the nailheads with roofing cement and press the upper course into place, weighting it down if required.

Metal flashing is a good way to reinforce severely damaged shingles if you can’t get your hands on any replacement shingles. Measure and cut a piece of metal slightly smaller than the shingle and slip it underneath. Then nail the metal to the roof. Place a coating of roofing cement behind the old shingle and press into position.

Basic upkeep of your roof will ensure its longevity over the years and keep the inside of your home safe and dry. It will save you a lot of trouble over the long run and keep the exterior of your house in good shape.

When in doubt, call a professional roofer.  Doing it the right way, the first time will save you time and money.