We get our fair share of storms and windy weather around here, and that can certainly take its toll on your house. Walk outside after such an event, and you’ll typically notice tons of fallen branches strewn across your lawn, but here’s a tip: don’t just look down at the ground, look up at your roof!
Wind and harsh weather can do a number on your shingles, causing them to come loose or even go missing completely. So, what do you do? Well, unless you want more damage to occur, you’re going to have to replace roof shingles that end up casualties of a storm. Don’t worry, though. Just take these steps to ensure your roof is ready for the next big gust of wind.
Step 1: Assess Damaged Roof Shingles
The first thing you should do is decide if this is DIY territory or if you should call in the pros. If there is quite a bit of damage, you don’t have the tools or materials to do a good job, or you just plain don’t like the idea of climbing on your roof, ask professional roofers for help — hey, it’s what we do!
Besides, it’s often unsafe to repair shingles on your own. Professionals can repair loose or missing shingles quickly and properly, likely saving you money and further hassles in the long run.
On the other hand, if you do consider yourself handy or we’re talking just one or two shingles that you’re confident you can fix yourself, go ahead and move on to step two.
Step 2: Gather Materials to Replace Roof Shingles
Here’s what you need to replace loose or missing shingles safely (you know, besides a ladder, sturdy shoes, and safety gear):
- Pry Bar
- Roofing Nails
- Shingle Sealant
- Replacement Shingles — did the builder or the previous homeowner leave any leftover shingles behind? If not, head to a home center to find the same type of shingles that match up in color and size. You can grab the other materials you need as well if you don’t have them already handy at home.
Step 3: Repair Roof Shingles – Remove, Replace, Rejoice!
Pick a day that the weather is just right. If it’s too cold, the shingles can crack or break; too hot and the sealant bond between the shingles will be difficult to get apart. Once you’re on your roof safely, clear any debris from the storm. Now you’re ready to replace the roof shingles that are loose or missing.
How to Remove a Loose Shingle
- Slide your pry bar under the shingle directly above the damaged one and gently lift up until it is free from the sealant. This will expose the first row of nails.
- Slip the pry bar under the damaged shingle and lift upward. The nails still intact should start to pop up a bit.
- Remove the pry bar and press down on the shingle so you can pull out the popped-up nails completely.
- Repeat the procedure on the shingle above to remove whatever is still remaining of the second set of nails.
- Pull out the damaged shingle.
How to Replace a Loose or Missing Shingle
- Slide the new shingle into place.
- Lift each of the new shingle’s tabs and apply sealant under each, then press down flat.
- Nail into place according to how it was nailed before.
- Seal and renail the overlying shingle above it.
Time to Rejoice
You did it! You have officially readied your roof for whatever Mother Nature has in store next. Pat yourself on the back (once you’re on the ground) and give your neighbor a “Yeah, that’s right, I fixed my own roof” kind of nod, then go ahead and celebrate however you like before the wind kicks up again.
Werner Roofing to the Rescue!
If you notice roof damage, it’s best to take care of it quickly before it gets worse, or more expensive to fix! If you’re not the DIY type or simply feel better knowing professionals are addressing the problems with your roof, contact Werner Roofing today. Our expert roofers are here to help inspect and resolve roofing damage before it causes problems for your home. Just give us a call at 616-844-5382 and we’ll be happy to come out and help.
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How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? The only way to be sure of your residential roof’s current condition is to have a licensed professional personally inspect it. Werner Roofing is proud to offer free roof inspections for every client, so you can be sure of your roof’s condition. Every Werner Roofing inspection comes complete with our promise: “We won’t recommend or sell a roof replacement unless it’s necessary.”