Roof shingle repair is the last thing on any homeowner’s mind when their roof functions properly. However, a severe storm involving strong winds or even hail can throw off asphalt roof shingles in just one incident. True enough, you’ll want to repair it as soon as possible.
In case you have no roofing contractor available in Brampton, you can do the repairs by yourself. True enough, it will take some time and effort to finish, but the skills you’ll learn are definitely priceless.
Family Handyman has an excellent short and sweet guide to help you get through the roof shingle repair process efficiently.
Easy Shingle Repair
Fix those potential leaks now.
Remove those ugly damaged shingles and stop potential roof leaks by following this simple three-step shingle replacement process.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
Replace damaged shingles
Easy Shingle Repair
A broken shingle is both ugly and a leak waiting to happen. But as long as you can find matching shingles (and you’re not afraid of heights), the repair is straightforward.
Pick a day when the weather is moderate to do the repair—too cold and the shingles can crack; too warm and the shingle sealants are tough to break.
Loosen the tabs under the broken shingle and the next two courses above it. Shingles are fastened with eight nails each—four at the center just above the tab slots and four through the shingle above it—and you have to lift up all the shingles that cover those nails to remove them.
After all the tabs are loose, push the flat bar up under the damaged shingle to each nail, centering the nail in the flat bar notch. To avoid ripping shingles, gently work the pry bar under both tabs as you push it up.
Pop out the nails by prying underneath the shingle instead of trying to dig the nail head out from the top of the shingle; that will wreck the shingle. Then push the shingle down from the nail head and pull out the nail. After removing the center row of nails on the damaged shingle, lift the undamaged shingles above it and remove the next row of nails. Then pull out the damaged shingle.
Slide the new shingle up into place. Nail the center row first, then the center row of the course above it, nailing 1/2 in. over from the old holes. Nail at the top of the slots between the tabs, just above the sealant strip.
Required Tools for this Project (Continued Here)
Now, once you’ve replaced and addressed all damaged roof shingles, you’ll want to check your roof flashing condition. In a storm, the protective metal flashing possibly loosens due to harsh hailstone impacts, strong winds, or heavy rainfall.
Fortunately, it’s easy to check and address your roof flashings after you perform roof shingle repair. Check the areas along your chimney, plumbing vents, and other roof fixtures to address every aspect of your roof efficiently.
To restore missing or problematic flashing to their original condition, DIY Network has some great steps that you can use.
How To Check and Re-Caulk Flashing
Maintenance tips for wall, chimney and plumbing vents.
Do a Close Inspection
Check flashing around the base of the chimney, along the walls and around the plumbing vents. Look for areas where water might be getting in — gaps, bent flashing, holes made by roofing nails, etc. Flashing is your main defense against leakage, so you want to make sure it is securely fastened and that there are no holes or gaps.
STEP 1: Remove Old Caulking
If any holes are found, remove old adhesive or caulk with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool and wipe down the area. You want to make sure all of the old adhesive or caulk is removed so you can get a good adhesion with the new caulk.
STEP 2: Seal With New Caulk
Seal the problem seams with roofing caulk using a standard caulk application technique. Like any other caulking job you want to push the bead, not pull it. You don’t have to make it look nice — you just need to fully fill the gap. Also, there’s no need to worry about the roofing cement getting wet before it dries. It can be applied to a wet surface and it will cure, even in the rain. Fill any nail holes with the caulk and smooth with a putty knife.
STEP 3: Check Vent Collars and Pipes (Continued Here)
Lastly, before you ponder on performing roof shingle repair after another heavy rainstorm, make sure to check your roof deck’s condition. Often, it is due to heavy rainfall, missing shingles, and damaged underlayment that water soaks your roof deck. In turn, it lets the water enter your internal ceiling leading to leaks right inside your home.
Luckily, it’s not too difficult to check the condition of your roof deck. Now that you can perform roof shingle repair procedures, performing roof deck inspections will definitely be a cakewalk for you. Check out this easy guide from ThompsonCreek.
How to tell when your roof decking is damaged?
Maybe you’ve found a few lying in your bushes after a violent storm— your roof’s shingles. But, is it just a few blown off shingles or are those missing shingles a sign from above alerting you that you may have a damaged roof decking.
Your roof is more than just the architectural shingles you select to complement your home’s exterior. It is the first line of defense against the elements. And, sometimes those elements can do damage to you whole roofing system. A first indication can be that lonely shingle you find.
Main parts of a roof
While the shingle is what we typically envision as the roof, important elements underneath are doing the heavy lifting.
The structural component of the roof. Most roofing jobs includes a minimum of three sheets of plywood that are part of the backbone of the roof.
The protective layer keeping your home’s air ventilated and protected against moisture.
The underside of the eaves.
Here are some signs your roof decking may be damaged:
- Shingle curling and buckling
- Granular wear to shingles
- Holes in the roof
- Mold or mildew in the attic (continued here)
With a complete understanding of all procedures to extend the lifespan and reliability of your roof shingle repair, you now have a roof that performs in the best possible way without any hiccups. However, these roof shingle repair procedures definitely take much time, investment in the right tools, and manpower.
If you’d like to get your roofing concerns fixed promptly and effectively, you can count on Brampton Roofing to help with all your roofing needs. Having served Brampton residences for decades, we are confident in giving you the finest service quality possible.