How to Fix Roof Shingles
There are many reasons your roof may start to leak, one of them could be damaged or missing roof Shingles. Below we have put together a list of 5 steps to follow to repair your roof.
Step 1: Check your roof for damage above the area where the leak is. This tends to be easier to find if you have a flat roof, but it is possible that the leak is coming from an area quite a distance from where the damage is found.
If you have a slanted roof then check areas of the roof that are higher then the area the leak is entering your home.
If you have an attic then check it for black marks, mold or water stains
If you have someone to help you then you can use a garden hose on your roof and have someone on the inside to let you know when the leaking occurs.
Step 2: Check your roof for curled, damaged or missing shingles near where the leak is occurring. Check for exposed roofing tacks as well.
Step 3: Straighten any shingle that may be curled back. If the weather is cold it may be necessary to soften the shingle using heat, a hair dryer should do the trick. Using an open flame heat source is not recommended as asphalt shingles may be flammable and if they are flame retardant then extreme heat will damage the shingle.
Step 4: After straightening, re attach curled shingles using plenty of asphalt, roof cement or compound.
Step 5: Replace any damaged shingles. If the shingles can be removed with ease, breaks or crumbles then it needs to be replaced.
To remove the shingle, lift the edges and pry out the nail
Remove leftover roofing cement by scraping the area.
Once the new shingle is in place then hammer in 3.2cm galvanized roofing nails into each top corner and cover the nails with roofing cement.