roof repair

Get those leaks fixed in a jiff with our guide to repair a rooftop.

Holes in your roof can lead to a whole host of problems. Of course, it can lead to leaking, which may become severe during stormy seasons. The holes may also serve as entrances for rodents and other critters.

There’s no need, however, to call for professional help if the damage isn’t too extensive. Today, we’re going to show you how to repair your rooftop.

Safety Tips

Working on a roof can lead to injuries or sometimes death. Always keep the following precautions in mind before attempting to repair a roof:

  • Work on repairs on a sunny day when the roof is dry.
  • Although it may be a hassle, always use safety ropes.
  • Rubber shoes will give you the best traction to prevent slipping.
  • Keep in mind the location of nearby power lines when working on your roof.

Repairing a Shingle Roof

Step 1:

To remove a damaged shingle, lift the edges of surrounding shingles and remove nails using a pry bar. If you find any loose roof cement under, scrape it clean off.

Step 2:

Slightly round the back corners of the new shingle using a sharp utility knife. This makes it easier to slide the new shingle into place.

Step 3:

Slide the new shingle into the gap with its front edge aligned with shingles on each side.

Step 4:

Lift the corners of overlapping shingles and fasten the top of the new shingle using 6d galvanized roofing nails. You can find these at your local hardware store. Finally, cover the nail heads with roof cement and smooth down the overlapping shingle edges.

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