While shingled roofs are normally strong and durable, when high winds and heavy rains occur, it is possible for some of the shingles on your roof to become damaged. However, if the damage is not severe and there are no leaks inside your home, it is possible to repair the shingles easily without replacing the entire roof. These are some easy ways to repair a shingled roof when only minor damage has occurred.
Repairing A Curled Up Shingle
When exposed to heavy rain, it is not uncommon for roof shingles to curl up around the edges. This can also happen if the shingles are old and have been on the roof for several years. If this is not repaired right away, it can lead to leaks developing around the damaged shingles that can be even more costly to fix.
This problem can be corrected by applying roofing sealant to the shingle so that it stays flat down against the roof properly. Apply the roofing sealant to all corners and sides that are curled up. Flatten out the shingle and place a brick over it to keep it flat until it seals. Leave the brick in place overnight to allow time for the sealant to dry.
Repairing A Cracked Shingle
Shingles may also become torn or cracked during severe weather conditions. This problem can be fixed by using roofing cement, a piece of aluminum or copper flashing and galvanized roofing nails.
Cut a piece of aluminum or copper flashing that is slightly narrower and longer than the damaged shingle. The sides of the flashing should be at least a couple of inches longer than the shingle on both sides.
Apply roofing sealant under the damaged shingle to seal it to the flashing. Also, apply it over the crack or tear to seal down the damaged area. Using galvanized roofing nails, nail the flashing to the surface of the roof. Also, nail down the corners of the torn pieces of shingle to hold them in place.
Replacing A Damaged Shingle
If the damaged shingle cannot be repaired, you can still replace it with a new shingle without replacing the entire roof. Carefully remove any roofing nails from the damaged shingle and the edges of the adjoining shingles around it. Remove the damaged shingle and use a utility knife to scrape away any roofing sealant residue that may be underneath.
Slide the new shingle in place and apply roofing sealant underneath it and press it down in place. Also, apply sealant to the edges of the shingles around it that were lifted up to do the repair. Use galvanized roofing nails to nail down the edges of the new shingle and the adjoining shingles.
It is a good idea to check your roof each season to see if there are any minor repairs necessary. This helps prevent unexpected expensive repairs from being needed later on. Contact professionals, such as those from http://www.denverroofing.net/, for further assistance.Share
15 March 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.