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Question DetailsAsked on 5/1/2012

I have a new house and need to repair a small area of damaged and missing shingles.

House build in 2004 with large roof area, I need to repair wind damage with one area of a dozen or so shingle missing or damage.

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Answered 8 years ago by Cas


I really recommend usually that people hire roofers even for repairs. This is because the fall hazard is great and the cost of failure may be higher than the cost of repair, meaning if you don't solve the problem or make it worse it'll cost more to fix the ceiling, walls, floors, carpetes and big screen TV than it'll cost to pay a reputable, honest and skilled roofer to fix the problem right in the first place.

Replacing missing shingles is simple if you know how. First necessary fall protection is a must to make sure you don't DIE. You can buy roofer fall kits for $100-150 at various home centers and roofing supply whole salers. Next match the shingles. You will NEVER have a 100% color match even if you have some shingles sitting in your garage. Due to weatherization there will always be color variance.

You will need to loosen the surrounding shingles and very likely can easily also damage the surrounding shingles. To repair one shingle you may end up replacing 3. A pry bar is a must for doing this, and is best done less than 80 degree day or you risk scuffing your shingles. If warmer than 80, I recommend the application of water to the roof periodically to cool the roof so you don't damage it.

When installing the new shingles make sure it lines up on both sides to the existing shingles, this will ensure you have proper exposure, and you're going to have to remove the nails from the shingle above to do this. Nail down your shingle with not less than 4 nails. 5 or 6 is better and make sure to nail within the lines. Read the directions on the shingle bundle.

Renail all the shingles you loosened and caulk all the shingles you loosened to reseal as you have broken the seal strip. Only use a good quality polyurethane caulk or bitumen or neoprene based caulk.


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof

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