Your roof is designed to protect your home – and you – from the elements. In order for it to do that effectively, it has to be in good condition. That means that you have to make sure your roof receives proper maintenance on a routine basis. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, maintenance can be quite easy. The most important things you should remember is that damaged shingles should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Here are some simple steps that will help you repair and replace your asphalt shingles.
Restoring Curled or Damaged Shingles
If you live in an area that experiences extremely hot summers, your shingles could show signs of heat damage. Take a look at the edges of your shingles. If they're curling up, they've suffered heat damage. In most cases, you won't have to replace the shingles; you should be able to press them back into place. For this project, you should wait until the weather is warm. This will ensure that the shingles are soft and pliable.
You'll need roofing cement, several roofing nails, and a hammer for this repair project. Lift the curled edge of the shingle and apply a thin layer of roofing cement. Press the edges of the shingle back into place. Use your hammer to place several nails along the repaired edge of the shingle. Repeat this process on all of your curled shingles. You can also use this method to repair shingles that have been torn. Simply apply roofing cement to the underside of the shingles and press the torn sections back into place.
Replacing Damaged Shingles
If you have shingles that are too badly damaged to repair, you can replace them with new shingles. For this project, you'll need a bundle of new roofing shingles, roofing cement, roofing nails, and a hammer.
- Lift the edges of the damaged shingle and remove use your hammer to remove the nails.
- Apply a thin layer of roofing cement to the surface where the damaged shingle was removed from.
- Lift up the edge of the adjoining shingles and place the new shingle down on the roof.
- Press down firmly to secure the new shingle.
- Use your hammer to nail several nails into the upper edge of the new shingle.
- Lay the adjoining shingles down flat and use your hammer to secure them with several roofing nails.
- Repeat the process to replace all of your damaged shingles.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you need to make sure that you keep it properly maintained throughout the year. Use the steps provided here to replace or repair damaged shingles. If a large section of your roof has been damaged, be sure to contact a roofing professional. Find more information about asphalt roofing by clicking here.