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How to Fix Damaged Roof Shingles

Posted on: May 9, 2014

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Roof problems might literally be the most important home repair. It’s hard to live in a house without a roof. Any damage or signs of wear are subject to immediate action to keep water from seeing under the singles and rotting the wood beneath. If you ignore the problem, you might find yourself spending way more money than you would have before.

If your roof is turning 20 years or older, and most of the shingles are damaged or badly worn then it’s time to contact a roof repair San Jose company and replace it. If your roof is fairly new and only has a few damaged or badly worn shingles then you should be able to make the repairs yourself.

A tip from Roof Repair San Jose Company, Yorkshire Roofing: Remember to always make all roof repairs on a warm, dry afternoon. This will make the shingles suppler and less likely to crack. Never climb onto a roof that’s wet, icy or covered with morning dew.

If part of a shingle is missing, you will have to replace the whole shingle. Use a hammer, a flat pry bar, a utility knife and a handful of 11/4 inch roofing nails. You will see that each single is initially secured with four nails; when the next shingle course above is installed, however, its nails also pass through the top edge of shingles in the course below.

Remove the first row of nails by sliding the pry bar under the shingle immediately above the damage one and gently lifting it to free it from the sealer strip. After you have done this, you will see the first row of nails beneath.

Slide the pry bar under the damaged shingle and pry upward. Once the nail is out at about ¼ inches, remove the pry bar, press the single down and pull out the nail. Repeat as necessary. After you have done this, push the pry bar under the shingle directly above the damaged one and remove the second row of nails by using the same procedure described above. After you have removed all eight nails, remove the damaged shingles. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, contact a Roof Repair San Jose Company for a quick fix.

As asphalt singles get older, their corners begin to curl. If you notice a single starting to curl, Roof Repair San Jose Company, Yorkshire Roofing recommends forestalling the inevitable curling by gluing down the curled section. You will need to use a caulking fun to apply a little bit of roofing sealant under the curled corners. Weight it down with a brick for at least 24 hours until the sealant completely dries.

If you see shingles that are cracked or torn, you don’t have to replace them. Roof Repair San Jose experts recommend repairing them to avoid having to replace them later in the future. Start by applying a thick bead of roofing sealant under the crack. Press the shingle down and apply a second bead of sealant on top of the crack. Spread the sealant with a putty knife.

These easy fixes to shingles will help you save money and keep your roof looking brand new! If the damage seems too complicated to fix on your own, don’t hesitate to call a Roof Repair San Jose specialist like Yorkshire Roofing. We can handle any roof repair problem you throw our way!

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