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How to Replace Roof Shingles That Are Loose or Missing


How to Remove a Loose Shingle

  1. Begin by sliding a pry bar underneath the damaged shingle. Gently lift it until you can access the sealant beneath it. As you do this, the first row of nails should become visible.
  1. Continue sliding the pry bar underneath the damaged shingle and lift it upward. This action should cause the intact nails to rise slightly.
  1. To remove the shingle completely, press down on it and pull out all the nails that are holding it in place.
  1. Repeat the same process for any adjacent shingles that may also be damaged or need to be replaced.
  1. Once all the damaged shingles are removed, you’re ready to proceed with the replacement process.

How to Replace a Missing or Loose Shingle

  1. Position the new shingle in the empty space left by the removed one.
  1. Apply sealant under the tabs of each new shingle to ensure a watertight seal. Press down firmly to secure it in place.
  1. Nail the new shingle into position just as you did with the previous shingles. Make sure it aligns properly with the surrounding shingles for a neat appearance and optimal protection.
  1. After securing the new shingle, seal and re-nail any shingles located above it. This helps maintain the integrity of the entire roof and prevents further issues.

Additional Tips:

– When removing damaged shingles, be cautious not to damage the surrounding ones. Use the pry bar carefully to avoid unnecessary harm to the adjacent shingles.

– It’s a good practice to inspect the condition of the underlying sheathing or decking when replacing shingles. If you notice any signs of rot or damage, address these issues before installing new shingles to ensure a stable and long-lasting roof.

– Always use roofing nails that are designed for the job and appropriate for your specific roofing material. This ensures a secure and durable attachment.

– If you’re unsure about any step in the process or the extent of damage to your roof, consider consulting a professional roofer for guidance or assistance to ensure the job is done correctly and safely.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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