While asphalt shingles may not be as long-lasting as other roofing choices, shingles are perhaps the easiest material to repair. As long as you can safely access your roof, you should make repairs to your asphalt roof on your own. Just remember that no matter what the damage is to a shingle, your best option is to replace it. With the right tools, even the least tool-savvy homeowner should be able to handle repairs.
A roof repair begins with taking stock of the situation and eliminating safety hazards. For starters, make sure you have level ground that you can put your ladder on in order to access your roof, and before you climb a ladder, make sure you have someone to hold the base to prevent it from slipping or tipping. Once your ladder is in place, scan your roof for low-hanging power lines. If there are low-hanging lines, you should have the power company cut power to them while you are working on your roof. Finally, make sure you use shoes that have a soft rubber sole; they will offer you the best traction on your roof.
When you are ready to make the repair, gather the following tools: Roofing nails, roofing cement, a utility knife, a hammer, a tape measure, and a cat's paw. Put these tools in a tool belt, then climb up to your roof and use these steps to make the repair:
1. Gently lift the bottom edge of the shingle that overlaps the damaged shingle and use the cat's paw to remove the nails that hold the shingle in place. Use a dab of roofing cement to fill the nail holes.
2. Measure the space between the shingles to either side of the now missing shingle and make sure your missing shingle will fit in the gap. If your replacement shingle is too large, cut it to size. Make sure there is an 1/8 of an inch gap on both sides.
3. Use the utility knife to cut off the top corners of the new shingle.
4. Slide the shingle up until the bottom edge is in line with other shingles in the same row.
5. Lift the edge of the overlapping shingle and nail the new one in place. Use a dab of roofing cement to cover the nail heads.
Replacing a damaged asphalt shingle is really not complicated or heavy work. While most homeowners should be able to repair their own roof, if you are worried that the pitch of your roof is too steep, or you do not feel comfortable on your roof for whatever reason, call in a professional roof repair company to do the work for you.
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