Asphalt shingles are quite common in the US because of their unique looks and feel. These shingles are considered for installation on roofs because of many reasons. A few reasons why many roofing repair companies recommend asphalt shingles is their appearance, life span, and affordable cost.
Asphalt shingles are also very popular because they are easy to repair if the shingles are suffering from minor damage. However, before repairing asphalt shingles, you should see if you have any existing warranty. Having any type of warranty can help you cover the materials and labor as well. For proper asphalt shingles roof repair, you’ll need all the right materials. Also, you’ll be working at a slope when repairing your asphalt shingles roof, which might make it a bit difficult for you to walk.
You should call a roof repair service to repair your roof if you don’t want to risk the integrity of your roof. However, if you aren’t afraid of labor-intensive DIY work, you can do the repair yourself as well.
How To Repair Your Roof
Here are all the instructions you’ll need to follow in order to fix your roof in the best way possible.
Use The Ladder Safely
If you have a metal ladder, make sure that it doesn’t get in contact with any power line around your house.
You should maintain a 4:1 ratio in the ladder’s angle when setting it up. The ladder should firmly stand in place. However, if you feel unsafe, you can ask someone to foot the base of the ladder to keep it standing firmly in place. You can also tie the ladder to your house to prevent it from slipping.
You should choose a ladder which is long enough to have 2 to 3 feet extra length above your roof.
Working On The Damaged Shingle
You can start the repair work by removing the sealant strips from the area you need to repair. Use a flat pry bar for this purpose. You can use the pry bar with gentle pressure to break the sealant strip free.
After removing the sealant strip, you can then remove nails from the damaged shingles. You should also remove some nails from the surrounding shingle in order to slide the new shingles when replacing the broken shingle.
Assess The Damage And Fix It
After you’re done removing the damaged shingle and nails from the surrounding shingles, you should assess the area and see how much damage your roof has suffered from.
If you notice damage to the deck or underlayment layer beneath the shingles, you must repair those layers first before placing the new shingle(s).
You should remove an enough amount of shingles and underlayment to expose the whole damaged plywood beneath them, and should then remove enough plywood from that place in order to fit a new piece of wood in that area. Attach the new piece to a minimum of two rafters.
After removing the damaged deck piece, you should then put a wooden piece of the same thickness into place. After placing it, use nails to firmly hold the thing in place.
Now Add New Underlayment
After you’re done placing the new piece of deck in place, you should overlay the deck with a new underlayment. Use roofing nails or staples to attach the underlayment with the deck underneath.
Slide The New Shingle In Place
Once the underlayment is properly installed, you can place the new shingles. If you had a custom shingle size installed, you might need to cut the new roof shingle into the required size by using a utility knife.
After cutting the shingles to the right size (if needed) and laying it in the right place, you can use roofing nails to fix them in place. You should change the nail position as compared to the last shingle in order to avoid using the same old nail hole. That’s because it can cause the shingle to attach loosely to your roof.
This was how you can easily repair your asphalt roof shingles. However, if you’re unaware of the building codes requirements, or don’t have much experience about roof repairs, you can call an expert roof repair service for help.
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