It never fails. A windstorm blows through town and you find shingles laying in your yard. You look up on the roof and you see patches of missing and damaged shingles. You could call the roofing company but you've done that the last several times. This time, you should take care of the repairs yourself and save the roofing company for major repairs. Here are some step-by-step instructions for repairing and replacing your asphalt shingles.
Wait For A Warm Day If You Can
If rain isn't in the forecast, you should try to wait for a warm day before you take care of the repairs. Asphalt shingles are more flexible on warm days, which means they're going to be easier to work with. If rain is in the forecast, you won't be able to wait for a warm day. In that case, take care of the repairs as soon as possible.
Lift Up The Surrounding Shingles
You're going to need to lift up the edges of the surrounding shingles. Once you have all the surrounding shingles lifted up, you'll want to use your roofing hammer to remove all the roofing nails from the shingles. Removing the nails will allow to remove the damaged shingles and install the new ones.
Install The New Shingles
Now that you have all the nails removed, you're ready to install the new shingles. Carefully lay down the shingle and place it under the upper layer of shingles. Use your hammer to place a few roofing nails along the upper edge of the new shingle. Apply a thin strip of roofing cement to the new shingle. Lay the top shingle down and press down to secure it to the new shingle. Repeat the process to install the rest of the new shingles.
Repair The Damaged Shingles
Most damaged shingles won't need to be replaced, especially if it's just the edges that are torn. You'll need a putty knife and some roofing cement to repair your damaged shingles. Lift up the torn edge and apply a few strips of roofing cement. Lay the flap down and press firmly to secure it back in place. Repeat the process to repair the rest of your torn shingles.
Windstorms can wreak havoc on your asphalt shingle roof. If you live in an area that's prone to high winds, you could be looking at frequent roof damage. Using these simple steps, you can repair your roof whenever you lose a few shingles.