Prevent Leaks In Your Home By Replacing Torn Shingles

Posted on: 24 January 2018

Torn asphalt shingles may cause moisture to penetrate and accumulate under a rooftop, leading to damage inside of your residence. When the weather is warm and dry, it is the perfect time to remove damaged shingles and replace them with new roofing materials. Complete the project below to restore the strength of your home's rooftop.

Supplies Needed

  • utility ladder
  • safety belt and harness
  • nail pulling tool
  • hand broom
  • crowbar
  • asphalt shingles
  • measuring tape
  • utility knife
  • galvanized roofing nails
  • hammer
  • epoxy sealant
  • narrow paintbrush

Loosen And Lift Damaged Shingles And Sweep The Rooftop

Put a safety belt around your waist and attach a harness to one of the belt's loops. Begin inspecting your residence's rooftop while standing on a ladder that is leaning next to one end of your home. Move the ladder as needed until you have located all of the shingles that are damaged. Use a nail pulling tool to remove the roofing nails from the corners of the damaged shingles.

While completing this process, be careful not to bend or apply to much pressure to undamaged shingles that surround the ones that you are attempting to remove. Lift the torn shingles from the roof and dispose of the materials. Use a hand broom to sweep off the roof. Any tree limbs or leaves that are in the vicinity of where you will be replacing new shingles will be eliminated by doing so.

Secure Shingles And Apply A Coat Of Epoxy

Use a crowbar to slightly lift the bottom of the shingle that is over one of the spots on the rooftop that is in need of a new shingle. Use a utility knife to trim the edges of each replacement shingle if the shingles are slightly larger than the ones that are currently on the rooftop. Place the first replacement shingle flat against the rooftop. Use a hammer to drive galvanized roofing nails throughall of the corners of the shingle.

Use a narrow paintbrush to apply a coat of epoxy sealant across the top of the shingle. Pull the crowbar from underneath the bottom of the shingle that is directly over the new shingle. Press the bottom of the shingle against the top of the new shingle until the epoxy bonds the two shingles together. Install the other replacement shingles by using the same technique.

Because the epoxy is waterproof, you will not need to worry about moisture penetrating and separating the shingles. Prevent damage to shingles by not placing heavy items on the rooftop and by cleaning the shingles each year. If you need more in-depth repairs, contact asphalt roofing services.